Nine Species of Lovebird

1. Agapornis roseicollis

The rosy-faced lovebird, also known as the peach-faced lovebird and the rosy-collared lovebird, is found in the deserts of southwestern Africa, particularly the Namib Desert. This species has two recognized subspecies: A. r. catumbella, which is mostly found in Angola, and A. r. roseicollis, which is found mostly in Namibia, Botswana, and parts of South Africa. They are among the largest lovebirds, with an average length of 17-18 cm.

2. Agapornis fischeri

Named after Gustav Fischer, a German explorer of Africa, these birds are among the most naturally colorful lovebirds. They have green backs and chests, transitioning into an orange face, via yellow at the neck and olive green at the top of the head. They have a prominently red beak, and a blue rump. They are around 14 cm long. They show no conspicuous dimorphism, though females may perch with a slightly wider stance than males, due to their wider pelvis.

3. Agapornis personatus

Masked lovebirds, also known as the yellow-collared lovebird due to the yellow neck found in the most common color morph, are easily noticeable thanks to their black 'masks'. The yellow collar is also prominent, but may be differently colored in other color morphs. They have a red beak, and their underside is a lighter shade of green than their back. The yellow collar extends beyond the 'collar' and well onto the chest, smoothly morphing into the light green underside. They have conspicuous white rings around their eyes. In the white-blue coloration, the yellow, dark green, and light green is replaced by white, dark blue, and cyan, respectively, while the black mask remains untouched. Yellow-collared lovebirds are less than 15 cm long. They are found in the same regions as Fischer's lovebird: Northern and northwestern Tanzania.

4. Agapornis swindernianus

Uniformly green, apart from a thin black collar, the source of the name is very obvious from the appearance of this species. Both sexes look exactly the same. Also called Swindern's lovebird (thus, the specific name), they are found in the equatorial rainforests of Africa, in Congo-Kinshasa, Congo-Brazzaville, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Liberia, Uganda, and Ivory Coast. They are about 13.5 cm long.

5. Agapornis taranta

As the name suggests, this species is recognizable by the prominent black feathers on the underside of the wings. The red patch on the forehead is only seen in males, in addition to a thin ring of red feathers around the eyes. Both sexes have a red beak, though the male's beak is noticeably more richly colored. Apart from that, both sexes are completely green, apart from a lightening of the shade along the tail, resulting in yellowish feathers at the tip. Found primarily in Eritrea and Ethiopia, these lovebirds are not particularly popular in the pet trade. Along with rosy-faced lovebirds, black-winged lovebirds are among the largest lovebirds, with a length of almost 17 cm.

6. Agapornis lilianae

Also known as the Nyasa lovebird, this species is among the smallest of the genus. It is usually less than 13 cm long. It has a coloration similar the Fischer's lovebird and the rosy-faced lovebird, with an orange head and neck morphing into green at the back and front. However, it has a green rump, unlike the Fischer's lovebird, which has a blue rump, and it has conspicuous white rings around its eyes, unlike the rosy-faced lovebird.

7. Agapornis nigrigenis

The black-cheeked lovebird is the lovebird most threatened by habitat loss. It is only found in patches in the region around the borders between Namibia, Zambia, and Botswana. It is about 14 cm long. It has a green back and front, with a dark orange-brown head flanked by black cheeks and neck, which is connected to the green chest via a small orange patch. It has white rings around its eyes.

8. Agapornis pullarius

Named due to the prominently red front halves of their faces, these lovebirds are also known as red-headed lovebirds. They are about 15 cm long, and uniformly green apart from the eponymous red patches. They also have red beaks. Regarding both red patches and the beak, the male has a much more distinct and richer coloring. The female's beak is pale, and the patches are smaller and less conspicuously demarcated than the male's.

9. Agapornis cana

This is the only lovebird species native to Madagascar, and not to the continental landmass of Africa. As a result, it is also known as the Madagascar lovebird. Along with Lilian's lovebird, the Madagascar lovebird is the smallest lovebird, at just 13 cm long. Males and females both have a darker back and a light green underside. The male has a light grey head and upper chest, which gives the species its name. The female has the same color pattern on its head as the rest of the body. They are naturally extremely shy, which makes them unsuitable as pets. This, combined with a reluctance to breed in captivity, means that grey-headed lovebirds are extremely rare as pets. What to