A Lovebird is one of nine species of the genus Agapornis (Greek: αγάπη agape ‘love’; όρνις ornis ‘bird’). They are a social and affectionate small parrot. Eight species are native to the African continent, while the Grey-headed Lovebird is native to Madagascar. Their name stems from the parrots’ strong, monogamous pair bonding and the long periods in which paired birds will spend sitting together. Lovebirds live in small flocks and eat fruit, vegetables, grasses and seed. Black-winged Lovebirds also eat insects and figs, and the Black-collared Lovebirds have a special dietary requirement for native figs, making them problematic to keep in captivity. Some species are kept as pets, and several color mutations were selectively bred in aviculture. Their average lifespan is 10 to 15 years.
Another visit to Maple Glen Gardens a hidden paradise in Souhtland New Zealand. 25 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens and a number of spices of parrot flying free. This little love bird has made a home in one of the large trees in the gardens, wonderful to see.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Maple Glen Southland New Zealand September 2011
*Umm!! Should I Be Collecting Nuts? *
Oh!! Come On Give Me A Kiss..-Lovebirds