Romance online exhibition
Accession numbers 1994.71.750 (the bird on a perch) and 1994.71.767 (the bird with a blue beak)
Lovebirds are amongst the smallest members of the parrot family, being between 13-17cm in size 40-60g in weight. They are so named after their habit of forming close bonds with their mates that can last for life, which may be up to 15 years.
There are nine species, all are found in Africa where they live in small flocks, mainly in forests and woodlands. Their diet consists of fruit, vegetables and some grasses.
Lovebirds are popular pets, especially as they readily interact with humans. Although they rarely talk they can, however, be rather noisy.
The specimens illustrated are Grey-headed Lovebirds Agapornis canus. Originally from Madagascar, they are now in the mounted bird collections of World Museum's zoology department.
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