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Fischer's Lovebird

Agapornis personata fischeri

Family: PsittacidaeA pair of Fischer's LovebirdsAgapornis personataPhoto Courtesy: Jamie Wertz, The Tweetery
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I hav a blue masked lovebird pair and they laid 5 eggs. I want to know how many kids will hatch from this clutch? Please help me.  dr. sughosh bhende

   The Fischer's Lovebird is another friendly species of lovebird that makes an exceptional pet when hand-raised!

   Though not quite as common as the Peach-faced Lovebird or the Masked Lovebird varieties, this handsome lovebird with its pleasant warm coloring and affectionate personality, has become quite popular.

   This little bird will delight and amuse you with it's playful and amusing antics. They are active intelligent little birds and make a wonderful companion and friend. An excellent beginners bird, the Fischer's Lovebird is hardy, easy to care for, and a willing breeder.

   Typical of all the lovebirds, the Fischer's 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 fischeri There are a wide variety of attractive color mutations of the Fischer's Lovebird, which include the dilute blue, dilute yellow, pied, black or dark eyed white, albino, lutino, and cinnamon.

Distribution:    The Fischer's Lovebird is native to eastern Africa north of Tanzania and south and southeast of Lake Victoria. They inhabit isolated shrubs and clumps of trees surrounded by grassy plains. They were originally discovered in the late 1800's, and were first bred in the United States in 1926.

Description:    The Fischer's Lovebird is a bit smaller lovebird. They have a general green plumage that is more yellowish underneath. The forehead, cheeks, and throat are an orange-red and the rest of the head is a dull olive green. The neck and upper breast is a golden yellow. The tail has some yellow and black barrings and pale blue feathers on the upper part. The eye is brown surrounded by a naked white eye ring. The beak is red and the legs are a pale gray. The young are duller especially on the head and they have black markings on the beak.
   The fischer's Lovebird belongs to a group of lovebirds called the 'eye-ring' species. There are four eye-ring species, with the other three being the Masked Lovebird A. p. personata, Black-cheeked Lovebird A. p. nigrigenis, and the Nyasa Lovebird A. p. lilianae. This group can be identified by the obvious strong ring around their eyes.

Color mutations of the Peach-faced Lovebird
Color Varieties
Photo Courtesy:
Jamie Wertz , The Tweetery

   These species are closely related and will interbred readily if kept together. It is strongly urged that you keep these species separate to maintain their natural forms, as breeding within each species itself produces the most beautiful color mutations.

Size - Weight:   The Fischer's Lovebird is a bit smaller than the other lovebird species, only getting up to about 5 3/4"(14.5 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.
   In the wild the Fischer's Lovebird eats seeds as well as agricultural crops, especially maize and millets. As a 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:    In the wild they are seen in small flocks, and occasionally larger flocks when feeding in ripening crop fields.
   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 Fischer's Lovebird is excellent for the beginning breeder. These birds will breed as either single pairs or in colonies. In the wild these birds nest in the holes of trees, in crevices of buildings, or take over the nests of swifts. 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 four to six eggs which are incubated for about 23 days. The young fledge (leave the nest) in about 3 to 3 /12 weeks but will still be dependent until about 4 weeks of age. 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 shrill call though more often makes a high pitched twittering sound. 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 Fischer's Lovebird is very popular and is readily available.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
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dr. sughosh bhende - 2013-11-19
I hav a blue masked lovebird pair and they laid 5 eggs. I want to know how many kids will hatch from this clutch? Please help me.

  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    If the eggs are fertile, all five should hatch.
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.mosaddeq ahmed palash. - 2006-08-22
hello,
i am from banglash. i have 6 pairs of fisher love birds, all are beautiful. they are also cute & very sweet. thanks for your web.

mosaddeq ahmed palash.
dhaka, BANGLADESH

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emerson - 2013-08-05
Who builds the nest, the male or the female fisher?

  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-23
    I am really not sure. But they usually use 'pre-built' nests (trees, boxes, etc.) and so they may not put much effort into making their own nests. The mothers are usually the ones who sit on the nest and raise the young, so I would think they would probably do a lot of the nest building if there is any.
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ananya roy - 2013-02-27
hi,can i house a pair of fischer's lovebirds with a pair of black masked lovebirds.? i have housed a pair of lutino lovebirds with a pair of blue masked lovebirds with their separate nest boxes and all are doing fine.they never interfere in each others business.so can i do the same with fischer's and black masks? thank you.

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safin - 2009-06-28
Hello dear Lovebird lovers, I am Safin from Daka, Bangladesh very new in this world. I have just bought 8 pairs of lovebirds and kept them in the balcony cage. I am not sure those are equal numbers of male and female .. those are only 2 months old. I am seeking for advise/ suggestion from any Bangladeshi because I am totally new in this lovely club

  • peggy - 2012-09-29
    I have a fischer lovebird I want to leave him on my patio & cover him at nite would that be ok or should I bring him in at night?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-30
    There is no guarantee that boys will pick gals and gals will pick boys - even in the wild but most of the time - that is what happens.  As the birds pair up - which they will start doing in a month or so - remove that pair to their own cage with nest box.  You will see a pair sit close together, possibly preen each other, look for a private place to be.  There will be some pushing around a little till each one finds the one they want but that is OK.  So when you see a pair that is acting like a pair - move that pair out.  The problem is you have 16 birds that aren't easily distinguished one from the other.  You may want to get a couple of colored markers and actually mark the birds.  bird one  black mark over right eye, bird two black mark over left eye, bird three, black mark center forehead, bird four, black mark on back, bird five black mark on chest --  something like that.  So when you see a consistent pair (the one with the black mark on chest and the one with black markover right eye) you will be able to round them up.  Otherwise as soon as you go to move the pair - they will all start flying around and you will lose track of the pair.  It is just easier to mark them.  Then hope for the best. 
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