Black Masked Lovebird
Black-Cheeked Lovebirds
Agapornis personata Reichenow 1887

Description: green, forehead, crown, cheeks and lores brownish-black; back of head olive; breast and broad band to nape yellow; upper breast in many birds has some washed orange to red; sides of body, abdomen and under tail-coverts yellowish-green; rump pale blue; under wing coverts greyish-blue and green; outer feathers with orange-yellow banded edged with black above and below; broad periophthalmic ring white; bill red; iris brown; feet grey.

Size: 6 inches (14.5 cm).

In The Wild Native to northern and central Tanzania, from districts of Mbeya and Njombe to Lake Manyara and Meru Mountains.

Diet: In the wild they enjoy seeds, berries fruits and buds.

As domestic birds

These lovebirds do not always breed readily in captivity. Main breeding period spring but can breed all year in heated aviaries. Provide plenty of fresh branches for nest building; bark will be peeled off and carried into the nesting box. They have clutches of 3-6 eggs; incubation takes 20 days; fledging period 32 days; if there is any deficiency in minerals the adults will pluck the young. Could breed several times a year, but it is advisable only to allow 2 breedings.

Diet: Quality seed mix of various millets, canary seed, some sunflower kernels and hemp; millet spray, plenty of green food, vegetables and fruit. Give egg-food when rearing and provide young with regular vitamin C and minerals.

Inside aviary 6 x 3 x 6 feet (2 x 1 x 2 metres)
or spacious bird-room cage; in communal aviary at least three pairs and 16 sq. feet (1.5 sq. metres) per pair.

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