Agapornis roseicollis

» Also known as Rose-faced Lovebird
» About 6” in length and about 55 grams in weight
» Endemic to Namibia, South Africa, Angola, Botswana
» Common in aviculture and as companions with many mutations available
» Considered 
stable in its range in the wild

The hen is known for its unique habit of tucking nesting material into its tail feathers to carry it to her nest. Companion Peach-faced hens will diligently rip paper and stuff it in their feathers which is very amazing to watch.

While these lovebirds are very social birds, the myth that you have to have a pair for them to be happy is not true. Single lovebirds can make excellent companions if they are given lots of attention and nurturing guidance. They are chatty little birds who love to use their human companions as playgyms. However if a person doesn't have the time to make them a special buddy that gets lots of attention and time together, a second bird of the same gender would make a happier bird. 

In the late 1970s, I had a incredibly sweet little Peach-faced lovebird named Charley who said his name and several other words quite clearly. At that time, without the knowledge available today, I placed him in a decorative wrought-iron Mexican cage. Unfortunately, the cage had lead in the paint and it took me a few years to realize that it was his cage that caused his death at such a young age. He spent a lot of time nuzzled against my neck with hy hair over him while we watched TV together. 




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