Peachfaced Lovebird agapornis rosecollis

Masked Lovebird agapornis personatus

Fischers Lovebird agapornis fischeri

Abyssinian lovebird agapornis taranta

Black Cheeked Lovebird agapornisnig nigrigenis

Nyasa Lovebird agaspornis lilianae

Madagascar Lovebird   agapornis cana

Red faced lovebird agapornis pullarius

Black-collared Lovebird agapornis swindernianus


General description


Madagascar Pair- agapornis canusLenth 5.5in (14 cm)5 Cock:- General plumage green, darker on the back, lighter on underparts and brighter on rump: head, neck and breast light grey (sometimes with a violet tinge), under wing coverts black, tail green, lateral feathers marked with yellow and barred with black, bill pale grey, iris dark brown, legs grey. Hen:- General plumage green, darker on head and back, lighter on neck, breast and underparts, brighter on rump, under wing coverts green, tail green, lateral feathers marked with yellow and barred with black, bill pale grey, iris dark brown, legs grey.

The qualities of a good specimen are

1. The body should be well rounded and compact

2. The wing tips should sit together over the tail

3.The atil should be short and tapered

4. The head should be round but in proportion with the body

5. The face should be appealing with a round and bright eye

6. The plumage colour should be even, deep and clearly defined. In the cock a clear division must exist between the grey breast and green underparts

7. The feather condition should be immaculate

8. The feet should be clean, large and strong and not turned in and the toes should be straight and show no signs of curling inwards, there should be no scars or mutilation and all the nails should be present

9. The bill should be clean and show no scars or mutilation

10. Overall the bird should display an exhibition carriage and stance


The following are articles from previous society magazines

Madagascar Lovebird agapornis cana

by Grant Scopes

When a friend sold me his pair of Madagascar Lovebirds I had high hopes of breeding from his birds as they had already produced eggs which turned out to be clear.
They were housed in a large aviary with a pair of Japanese quail for company, which strangely they followed around the aviary floor for most of the day, an 'L’ shaped nest box was hung in one corner of the flight and the hen soon showed interest in the box and began to build a nest. She stripped Willow leaves from the branches, carrying them into the nest box in her rump feathers. But this is where the story ends as so many you hear about this species. The hen died followed by the cock bird two weeks later. This experience put to an end my thoughts of breeding madagascar's as I suspect happens to most people who have tried before me.
I then received the offer of two pairs of Madagascar's which were closed rung, but as I found out later this was not the case, as the rings could be removed easily. Any babies therefore would have to be closed rung with size ‘L' rings, smaller than the normal ring size for Lovebirds
The birds were placed in breeding cages 33 inches long by 19 inches wide. A nest box was hung on the outside of the cage and a layer of wood shavings and moss placed in the bottom. Both hens laid 5 eggs, all full, but one hen died and her eggs were lost and the other hen’s eggs were all "dead in shell".
Yet more disappointment, but to my surprise she laid 5 more eggs, the first on 15th August 1996 and then 1 egg every other day The first egg hatched on 4th September 1996, after a 21 day incubation period, it was very interesting and surprising to find that both parents incubated the eggs, of the 5 eggs laid in the second clutch, one was "dead in shell", one died soon after hatching, but the three remaining eggs hatched, survived and they remained in the nest box for seven weeks. They were removed from their parents when the hen had laid and was incubating six more eggs.
These eggs also hatched, but although the eggs were laid on alternate days, the first three chicks hatched on consecutive days, the 11th, 12th and 13th November 96. The fourth egg hatched on 16th, the fifth egg three days later on the 18th and the sixth egg was "dead in shell". Two of the chicks died soon afterwards and three chicks survived. These babies are now closed rung and should fledge in about two week’s time. Both clutches produced two cocks and one hen. They are all kept in an unheated bird room without lighting.
Their diet is a good seed mixture to which I add a wild seed mixture and hand rearing food. They also enjoy plenty of millet sprays. No fruit or greens have been eaten by my birds, but fresh cut grass is readily eaten and cuttlebone and grit are always made available, the birds bathe most days but seem to drink very little, the babies have taken to eating fresh corn on the cob and fresh figs.
Once the birds have settled into their new homes they should not be moved, even to another cage, as they seem very prone to stress, having said this. I was able to carry out nest box inspection every day with no adverse problems. The babies are a duller colour to the adults and the young cocks have Green on the backs of their heads, being Grey only on the top and front of their heads. Tony McLaughlin and I are set to exchange youngsters this year and make up some unrelated young pairs to breed second generation Madagascar's.
We are looking to contact other members who have these birds, to share breeding knowledge and exchange youngsters, in order to maintain these wonderful Love birds in our bird rooms of the future.