Masked lovebird

Latin Name
Agapornis personata

Class
Birds

Order
Psittaciformes

Description

A small parrot species, the masked lovebird has a green body and wings topped by a yellow neck, a red beak and a dark brown head with large white rings around the eyes. The bird's wingspan is four inches, and it weighs only 1.5 ounces


 

Range

Ethiopia and Tanzania


Status

Common


Habitat

Grasslands and open woodlands


Niche

The masked lovebird feeds primarily on grassland seeds, such as millet.


Life History

The masked lovebird lives in large flocks in the wild, and the birds' frequent calls can be heard from a distance. The species lays its eggs in small cavities, building nests from grasses and bark. The female lays three-eight eggs, and she provides constant care for two weeks after they hatch, with the male bringing her food. After two weeks, the male and female share parenting duties.




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