Plumage green; red forehead and around eyes; crown, lores, cheeks,
throat and upper breast rose-pink; body sides, abdomen and under
tail-coverts yellowish-green; rump bright blue; under wing coverts
green with blue wash; tail green; outer feathers with orange band
edged with black; tail underside bluish; bill horn-coloured; iris
dark brown; feet grey.
Length: Six inches (15 cm).
Distribution: The interior of Lake Ngami, Botswana; south
of the Orange river in Namibia and northern Cape Province.
Habitat: As with other Lovebirds they prefer dry rocky areas
with bushes and trees; occasionally palm groves, cultivated areas
and edges of inhabited places where water occurs; never found far
Wild Status and Diet: Lovebirds are usually found in groups
of 12 birds; exceptionally in larger numbers; noisy and active,
often quarrelsome within the group; pairs remain close; regular
grooming within the group; they can be nomadic stopping where their
is water; they fly in the evening; swift in flight with sudden turns;
call shrill but often heard chattering.
Their diet is seed especially acacia, in addition berries and fruits
are eaten; they have been known to cause considerable damage to
Aviculture: The Lovebird is very active, hardy, and they
are happiest if
kept in colonies. They enjoy
chewing so need lots of fresh branches. They can be mixed with other
members of the Lovebird species with few serious disputes. They
enjoy bathing; their water will need replenishing often in hot weather.