Scientifically known as (Agapornis personata personata var), this is a mutation of Yellow-collared lovebird. Much to people’s surprise, this coloration also naturally occurs in the wild. The small icy blue bird is an ideal pet and a treat for the eye.
|Other names||Blue lovebird(colloquial)|
|Size||6 in (15 cm)|
|Weight||1.4- 2 oz (40-50 g)|
|Color||Black face, blue body, white collars and upper breast|
|Distribution||Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi|
|Diet||Fruits, seeds, berries|
|Breeding age||10-12 months|
|Incubation period||21-13 days|
|Temperament as pets||Social|
A cage as big as 36X24X24 inches is suitable for the agile bird. The pocket parrot prefers to stay with a company (other lovebirds) that justifies the requirement of a bigger cage. Moreover, the cage should be having four perches, toys and separate bowls for food and water without making the place a mess. In short, make sure a moderate amount of space is left for the movement of the bird.
The average daytime temperature range is 70°F-80° with a little drop during the night is acceptable by the bird.
The energetic bird is a ‘fun package’ with a warm and friendly disposition. A single bird makes a faster bond with its owner than a pair since the latter is always busy with each other. A blue-masked lovebird is quite inquisitive in nature and will try to sneak out from the cage whenever possible. Even when it is accustomed to be out of the cage, the bird cuddles with its favorite human. As far as the sound is concerned, it is not noisy per se, but its constant chattering will fill your heart with content. Willing to perform fun tricks and socialize with others, the bird looks cute and adorable in every possible way.
A formulated diet ensures the vitamin intake but one thing that it lacks is antioxidant pigments for which include fresh vegetables, fruits, seeds, and grains. This bird drinks plenty of water in a day, so provide fresh water each day.
Mental enrichment as well as physical grooming, all fall into the category of caring for the bird.
If you have a single bird then make sure you interact with it frequently and don’t let it get bored. Understand its need by its body language and you will have a happy and healthy bird. Earn its trust and the bird will be easy to tame. You may use a dowel to cajole the bird. But if you have a pair you will have to watch their courtship or friendship from a distance.
Provide lukewarm water generating mist spray or a bath dish should be daily. The perches installed inside the cage help the bird with the maintaining of its nail and beak.
Blue-masked lovebirds are usually fit and sturdy birds and keeping them in pairs is one of the surefire ways to ensure their great health. Still some issues like Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease, candidiasis or yeast infection, coccidiosis or parasitic disease, intestinal influenza cause troubles at times. If after a normal diet and routine life, the bird is falling ill, take it to a vet.
It is difficult to find a single blue-masked lovebird but not impossible so the price may be a little higher than even a pair sometimes. A single bird is available within $85-$88 while a pair is sold in $75-$77.
- The name of the bird doesn’t denote that the face or the mask is blue, it simply means the body is blue while the face is black because it belongs to the black-masked lovebird family.
Video: Blue-masked Lovebird Screeching