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Blue Masked Lovebird

Agapornis p. personata var.

Family: PsittacidaePair of Blue Masked LovebirdsAgapornis personataPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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Hi I would like to know if it is possible to mate a female blue masked with a green fischer and if the babies will reproduce later on? Thanks  Ludovic Lim Hoc

   A pretty little parrot, Blue Masked Lovebird makes an adorable pet. It is a most playful, charming and amusing companion...an excellent bird for the beginner!

   The Blue Masked Lovebird is a favorite color variety of the Masked Lovebird. Though easily bred in captivity, this attractive variation also occurs naturally in the wild.

   Friendly and easy to care for, the Blue Masked Lovebird will make a delightful and enjoyable addition to any household. They are relatively hardy and are easy to breed, making them every bit as good a pet as the Peach-faced Lovebird. Some even suggest that they may be a bit calmer, though others say they are just as mischievous.

   Typical of all the lovebirds, the Blue Masked Lovebird is very social and loves companionship. Their natural behavior is to live closely with a companion so are often kept with another lovebird. Though they make a very fine and affectionate pet when hand-raised, they will need a lot of attention if kept singly. Most are kept in pairs to satisfy their considerable need for constant companionship, mutual preening, and socialization.

For more information and the care of Lovebirds see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Lovebird


Geographic Distribution
Agapornis personata
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Genus: Agapornis
  • Species: personata

Scientific Name: Agapornis personata personata var.

Description:    The Blue Masked Lovebird is the best known color mutation of the Masked Lovebird, and this variety occurs naturally in the wild as well as in captivity. It is very attractive with a black head, blue body, and a white collar around the neck and on the upper breast.
   All the Masked Lovebird mutations have a black 'mask' and their names refer to their body coloring, in this case 'blue'. Other color mutations include the Green Masked Lovebird which is also very common, and other more uncommon varieties such as the medium blue (cobalt) and the dark blue (slate).

Size - Weight:    The Blue Masked Lovebird will get up to about 6" (14.5 - 15. 5 cm) in length.

Care and feeding:    A roomy cage is required as lovebirds are very active. If you have a tame pet that is kept in a small cage, it needs to be let out for extended periods to fly about. Your pet they will enjoy a variety of seeds, fruits, vegetables, and commercial pellets.
   See About Lovebirds: Housing and About Lovebirds: Care and Feeding for more information.

Social Behaviors:    A lovebird is a very social bird with it's companion, and it is generally thought to be essential for their good health and happiness that they be kept in pairs rather than singly. They can, however, be aggressive towards other birds in an aviary setting.

Activities:    Loves to fly, climb, and play. Provide lots of room and lots of toys.

Breeding/Reproduction:    The Blue Masked Lovebird is excellent for the beginning breeder. These birds will breed as either single pairs or in colonies, and have the same behaviors as the Masked Lovebird. When you provide them with a nest box be sure to also provide lots of willow twigs, strips of bark, or other nesting materials.
   The hen will lay three to four eggs which are incubated for about 21 to 23 days. The young fledge (leave the nest) in about 44 to 45 days. When they become independent, remove the young to their own housing.
    See About Lovebirds: Breeding/Reproduction for more information on breeding.

Potential Problems:    This bird has a high pitched twittering and though not as loud as some parrots, it can be rather noisy for parts of the day.
   See About Lovebirds: Potential Problems for information on illnesses.

Availability:   The Blue Masked Lovebird is very popular and is readily available.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
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Ludovic Lim Hoc - 2013-11-13
Hi I would like to know if it is possible to mate a female blue masked with a green fischer and if the babies will reproduce later on? Thanks

  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Yes, these are both eyering species so cross-breeding is definitely possible, and the young will also be fertile. Although the young are attractive birds their colors do tend to be duller and less striking than the pure forms of their parentage.
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brandon - 2006-02-26
nice website you guys got here

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Pam - 2013-08-05
Would you keep a very tame 8 month old Moustache Parrot in a large aviary with a tame 3 month old female Blue Masked Love Bird as companions to one another? Plenty of interaction with their owner and loads of rotational toys available?

  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-23
    In general you wouldn't want to mix different types of birds. That being said, it is quite possible they could get along and be good friends. I would start by keeping their cages next to each other so they can get to know each other and see how they react over time. Eventually you could try putting them together and see how it goes.
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abhi - 2013-07-05
Hi.....everyone. Please somebody comment on my problem and give me advice. I'm having a lutino pair and 1 blue masked pair. Glutinous laid her  st egg on 12 june total clutch of 4 eggs. On 5 june one egg hatched and second one on 6 june still 2 eggs has to be hatched. My blue masked has laid her first egg on 24 june total clutch of 6 eggs. Unfortunately male of blue mask flew away on 3 june... now what should I do? Whether she incubates eggs or abandoned them? Can I keep all eggs with lutino?. Please somebody advice?

  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-09
    You could try to put all the eggs with the lutino if it doesn't appear the mother is incubating them. It usually takes a few weeks before the eggs hatch (22-25 days), so I wouldn't worry just yet about the ones that haven't hatched. And some eggs may just be duds and never hatch.
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ananya - 2013-05-20
hi,can i colony-breed 3 pairs of lovebirds housed in an aviary?there are 1 lutino pair,1 blue-masked pair and 1 peach faced pair. thanks to anyone who comments!

  • Anonymous - 2013-06-22
    Hi...Ananya..yes you can breed them in colony setting..I m having same pairs with my aviary and all 3 pairs have recently laid eggs. But be careful of hybrid chicks. Do not cross them for ex.lutino with b/m ...if you have any other queries then post here. wish you good luck...
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-20
    Most Lovebird species are colony breeders, with the exception of Abyssinian Lovebirds and Madagascar Lovebirds. However Lovebirds are best breed in colonies of the same species. Masked Lovebirds can be very aggressive towards other birds in an aviary setting, so you may have problems mixing them with the Peach Faced Lovebirds ((Lutino's are Peach-faced mutations).
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