Fischer’s Lovebirds are one of the most popular lovebirds kept worldwide as pets. These are hardy birds and have the ability to adapt well to their new surroundings. They are also excellent breeders and can breed well even in tough conditions. Similar to other lovebirds species, Fischer’s Lovebirds have strong relationship between the mates. They are most often seen together in pairs.
Fischer’s Lovebirds are very active birds, almost always seen flying, chattering or playing. They are always engaged in one activity or another. They are very social birds and if kept alone can get into boredom. It is good for their health that you keep a pair together. They are easy to tame if hand reared at a very young age. It is not easy to teach them to speak and their voice is also difficult to comprehend.
Fischer’s Lovebirds are little smaller in size than Peach Faced Lovebirds. They grow to approximately six inches in length from head to tail and weigh between 40-55 grams. Adult Fischer’s Lovebirds have bright green color on their feathers and light green on the abdomen area. The face is bright red with some orange yellow shade on the chest area. Their beaks are bright red with white rings around the eyes.
They are native to northern Tanzania. Several color mutations of Fischer’s Lovebirds have been developed in captivity. Among the most notable mutations is the yellow, mauve and blue Fischer.
Fischer’s Lovebirds eat a variety of seeds, fruits and vegetables. Feeding your lovebirds with only seed mix diet is a mistake which may lead to nutritional deficiency and potential health problems. To keep your birds healthy and fit for life, make sure you feed them with a variety of seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables everyday. Additional food supplements should be given in the form of vitamins and minerals. Also give them fresh drinking water every day.
Because they are very active birds and love to fly a lot, they should be provided with a spacious cage. The minimum cage size for a pair of lovebirds is two feet square and at least two perches should be placed inside the cage at a minimum distance of six inches apart so that they can easily fly from one perch to another. The cage should not be exposed to extremely hot and cold temperatures.
If you have a proven pair then breeding Fischer’s Lovebirds is easy. If the pair has reached the age of maturity then they readily breed if they are provided with a nesting box. The nest box should have a size of six inches on all sides. Add some nesting material inside the cage because they make a nest before laying eggs. They mature at approximately one year of age.
They can breed well in both individual cages as well as in colonies. The hen usually lays between 4 to 6 eggs on alternative days. Incubation period is 21 days after which the first chick is hatched. Babies leave the nest at six weeks of age. Parents feed the chicks to about 8 weeks of age until they are fully independent and can eat food on their own.