Agapornis


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Agapornis

 

a genus of lovebirds of the order Psittaciformes. Body length, 13–17 cm. The bright plumage is green with red, yellow, or dark blue markings. There are six species, distributed in tropical Africa and on Madagascar and neighboring islands. The birds live in forests and savannas; they are also encountered in mountains at elevations to 3, 000 m above sea level. They nest in the communal nests of weaverbirds, in tree hollows, and in termitaria; they line their nests with grass, which they carry in their rump feathers. There are four to six white eggs in a clutch; the eggs are incubated for 21–25 days.

The Agapornis feed on seeds, berries, and small fruits. They mate for life. These lovebirds are often kept in captivity. The Russian name for the genus Agapornis, nerazluchniki, is sometimes used to designate the budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus).