Rosy-faced lovebird Facts

Rosy-faced lovebird Facts
Rosy-faced lovebird, also known as peach-faced lovebird, belongs to the family of parrots. There are two subspecies of rosy-faced lovebirds that can be found in southwestern parts of Africa. These birds are part of African fauna at least 1.9 million years (based on the fossils excavated in the South Africa). Rosy-faced lovebirds can survive in various habitats. They inhabit forests, wooded savannas, mountains, semi-deserts and areas near the rivers. Rosy-faced lovebirds can be found from the sea level to the altitude of 5.200 feet. Besides in the wild, rosy-faced lovebirds can be found in the homes around the world, where they are kept as cage birds because of their beautiful plumage and miniature size. Despite high demand for these birds in the industry of pets (and increased collecting from the wild), their wild population is still large and stable. Rosy-faced lovebirds are not on the list of endangered species.
Interesting Rosy-faced lovebird Facts:
Rosy-faced lovebird can reach 5 to 7 inches in length and 1.2 to 1.5 ounces of weight.
Rosy-faced lovebird has green body, peach- or red-colored face and throat and blue rump. Males and females look alike. Young birds have pale pink face and throat and greenish body.
Rosy-faced lovebird has brown iris, pale grey beak and grey legs.
Rosy-faced lovebird is diurnal animal (active during the day).
Rosy-faced lovebirds sleep side by side, with their faces oriented toward one another.
Rosy-faced lovebird is an omnivore (it eats plants and meat). Its diet is mostly based on seed and berries and occasionally on insect larvae. Rosy-faced lovebirds are classified as pest in some parts of Africa because of their habit to feed on the fields of maize and millet.
Rosy-faced lovebird is social animal that lives in small groups (flocks) outside the mating season.
Rosy-faced lovebird communicates via various harsh, loud chirps and shrieking calls.
Rosy-faced lovebird becomes territorial during the mating season. Pair of birds aggressively defend their territory against intruders.
Mating season of rosy-faced lovebirds takes place from February to April.
Rosy-faced lovebirds mate for a lifetime (monogamous birds). Pair of birds will feed each other to re-establish and strengthen their bond after stressful period or long separation.
Rosy-faced lovebirds build nest in the crevices of rocks or as a part of nesting complex of social weavers. Nests are made of bark, leaves and other plant material which female collects and carries tucked into the feathers on her backs.
Wild population of rosy-faced lovebird (that managed to escape from aviary) in the Phoenix, Arizona (USA) build nests in the cacti.
Female lays 4 to 6 eggs that hatch after incubation of 23 days. Chicks are ready to leave the nest at the age of 43 days. Rosy-faced lovebirds reach sexual maturity at the age of 8 to 12 months.
Rosy-faced lovebirds can survive from 10 to 15 years in the wild.

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