. Nyasa lovebird
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- Scientific Name: Agapornis personata lilianae
- Common Name/s:
- Sub Species in country / area of origin:
Nine different species/sub-species of lovebirds occur in the wild in
Africa and Madagascar.
- Origin / Distribution: Africa -
Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
- Habitat In Wild: along river
valleys. ? check.
- Status In Wild: ?
- Status In (Australian) Captivity:
Secure, but not as common as the other 3 species.
- Age To Sexual Maturity: About 4
- Best breeding years (estimate):
For best results, the birds should not be allowed to breed before
they reach the age of about 10 - 12 months.
Best breeding years are till about 7 years of age but may be
successful for several more years.
- Lifespan (estimate): approx. 8
but up to 15
years is possible.
- Sexing: Monomorphic
/ Dimorphic. Difficult to accurately sex.
DNA or surgical sexing may be required.
- Colour mutations: Yes
- Availability: Bird dealers.
- Temperament: Hardest of the 5
lovebird species in Australia to breed. Popular aviary bird,
generally less aggressive than the other 3 lovebird species, and
will breed all months of the year. Can be kept as a colony
(provided the numbers of males and females are equal) in a suitable
sized aviary but the parent birds can be aggressive to the young
birds. The young birds should be removed to a separate cage or
aviary. Lovebirds should not be housed with other types of birds
due to the lovebirds aggressive nature especially at breeding time.
All species of lovebirds will easily hybridize and produce fertile
young, so only one species should be kept per cage or aviary. For
best breeding results, or for breeding for specific colour, only
keep one pair per aviary or cage. Not suitable as a beginners
- Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: -
Normal colour (Approx.) $150
- Description Of Adults: Smallest of
the 5 species/sub-species in Australia.
Fischer's lovebirds, Black cheeked
Lovebirds and the Nyasa Lovebirds are members of the "white eye ring
- Length: Approx. 130 mm (or approx 5 inches)
- Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer
photo/s above if available.
- Weight: Approx. 40 gms (or almost 1.5 ozs)
Nyasa lovebirds are named after their place of origin, namely
Level Of Knowledge Required:
Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist
Government Regulations & By-Laws:
Refer to " Government Laws " web page.
Housing Requirements: Refer to "
Lovebirds " web page for general
details on the housing of Lovebirds.
Double wiring between adjoining aviaries
is required to prevent injuries such as toes and feet being bitten by a
Diet / Feeding: Refer to "
Lovebirds " web page for general
details on the feeding of Lovebirds.
Nesting: As per "Lovebirds" web page.
- Nesting months: Will
breed year round if conditions are suitable.
- Nest-box: Commercially
made lovebird breeding boxes can be purchased cheaply form most bird
dealers or pet shops. Refer to "Lovebirds" web page.
- Nest-box material:
Birds carry the nesting material into the nest box. The
preferred nest material is green fronds of the Christmas Island date
palm. May also use the grasses, stalks of grasses, twigs,
leaves and other plant materials. The nest can be an elaborate
structure making nest inspections difficult.
- Who incubates the egg/s:
Breeding: Egg Colour
White. Clutch/s per year.. up to 3. Eggs per nest
4 - 6. Incubation
approx. 23 days. Fledge approx. 6 - 7 weeks.
Independent approx. another 3 weeks.
All 5 species of Lovebirds will
hybridize and produce fertile offspring. House only one species
per cage or aviary.
Young should be removed from the parent
birds as soon as they are fully independent so as to avoid possible
aggression from a parent.
Hens should not be allowed to raise more
than 3 clutches per year.
Birds that are bred to have a particular
visual colour or a specific genetic combination are leg rung with numbered,
coloured, closed metal leg rings so each bird can be individually identified.
Suitable rings can be purchased from most bird dealers, pet shops & bird clubs and how they are
put on the baby birds can be learnt from an experienced breeder or avian
Specialist Lovebird clubs/societies are established in many large
Artificial incubation and hand
rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site. It is
too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.
Health Issues: Refer to "Avian
Health Issues" web page for information and references.
- Worming and parasite control
and Quarantine requirements of new bird/s or sick bird/s are
considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on
this web site. Refer "Avian Health Issues"
web page option.
- Avian medicine is advancing
at a rapid pace. Keep updating your knowledge and skills.
References: Refer to references listed on "Book References"
- Australian Aviculture
- A/A Vol 30 No. 5 May 1976 Page 69
- A/A Vol 12 No 11 Nov 1958 Page 137-139,143-145 (Inc colour
- A/A Vol 8 No 8 Aug 1954 Page 96 (Yellow).
- A/A Vol 7 No 9 Sept 1953 Page 111 (Yellow).
- The Bulletin No 20, Jun 1944 Page 2 - 3 (Cultivation of the
- Australian Birdkeeper
- ABK Vol 15 Issue 3. Jun-Jul 2002 Page 143-145
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