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Monday, February 26, 2007

Learn About Madagascar Lovebirds

Zoological Name: Agapornis cana

The Madagascar lovebirds are native of Malagasy Republic and neighboring islands. The male birds are green; silver-gray head to breast, whereas the females are green from head to breast.

Generally the Madagascar lovebirds live in large groups, though remaining in pairs. They tend to perch on the fringes of woodland and descend into the rice fields and plantations, where they do great damage.

In the past, Madagascar lovebirds were very common and cheap to buy. Nowadays, the Malagasy Republic has banned their export and they have become rarities. Newly imported specimens are shy and catch cold easily.

It is best to keep them in the house, in a bird room or family room. In a small cage they are rather nervous and this detracts from any pleasure you may have in them.

In my experience, they will breed and sleep in a Budgerigar nest box by choice. My birds only used a few sunflower seed husks and two dried leaves as nesting materials. But my friends with Madagascar lovebirds have reported that their birds used Cranberry leaves, pine and larch needles, willow bark, small strips of newspapers, chick weed, and grasses. Some of the breeders noticed that the Madagascar lovebirds constructed and nest out of straw.

A clutch almost always consists of four to five eggs, which the female incubates for twenty-two days. After five weeks, the young one emerged out of the eggs. Young males emerge with a silver-gray head.

Once the young have emerged out of the nest it is the male who takes care of them because the female immediately becomes broody again. My Madagascar Lovebirds youngones were reared almost exclusively on a diet of millet. They over winter in the cold weather as long as it remains frost-free. It is not a good idea to house them with another species.

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