Fischer's Lovebird | African Wildlife Foundation

The Fischer’s lovebird is named for the strong bonds formed between mating pairs

  • Spread the word

Fischer's Lovebird

Conservation Status:

Near Threatened

  • Can weigh up to 58 grams
  • Gather into flocks of +/-200 individuals
  • Discovered in the 19th century

Quick Facts

Scientific name

Agapornis fischeri

Weight

Up to 58 grams

Size

12.7 to 15 cm. tall

Lifespan

Up to 25 years

Habitat

Grasslands and savannas

Diet

Mostly granivorous

Incubation

21-23 days

Predators

Lanner falcon

Where do Fischer’s lovebirds live?

The Fischer’s lovebird is endemic to north-central Tanzania, where they inhabit grasslands, savannas, and scrub forests. They will also live near areas with crops and agriculture.

Tags: Tanzania, Kilimanjaro, Maasai Steppe, East Africa View Africa | Habitat

Physical Characteristics

What are Fischer’s lovebirds?

The brightly colored Fischer’s lovebird is a type of small parrot—named for Gustav Fischer—discovered in the 19th century. It has a green back, chest, and wings. The bird’s neck is a golden yellow to orange color which deepens into a deeper orange-red on its the face. The lovebird’s beak is red and the top of the head is olive green. It may also have blue-or purple-colored plumage on the tail.

These birds do not exhibit sexual dimorphism, and it is difficult to tell male and female birds apart.

 

Behavior & Diet

They are inseparable. 

The Fischer’s lovebird is named for the strong bonds formed between mating pairs, which mate for life and are monogamous. Lovebirds show each other affection and are known for biting, or nipping, each other’s beaks—a behavior that makes them look as though they are kissing.

Fischer’s lovebirds have a niche.

Fischer’s lovebirds are cavity nesters. They find natural cavities in trees, rocks, or buildings and use them to construct their nests. The nests are built using grass, stalks, and bark and have a roof over them. 

They are heavy drinkers.

Fischer’s lovebirds drink daily and live near water. They are not migratory, but will migrate if water sources become unavailable. On particularly hot days, they can be found near water holes or water sources where they can drink several times throughout the day. 

Gallery
  • A group of Fischer's lovebirds
  • Fischer's lovebirds gather in a tree
  • A Fischer's lovebird flies to meet his friends, spraying water droplets
Challenges

Their beautiful plumage makes the attractive pets.

Humans are responsible for the declining populations of Fischer’s lovebirds. The decline began in the 1970s, due to widespread trapping for captivity. In 1987, the Fischer’s lovebird was the most commonly traded bird in the world. 

Some farmers consider the Fischer’s lovebird to be a pest. 

Fischer’s lovebirds feed on seeds, and on occasion fruits, and they can sometimes be found in agricultural areas or farmland, where they feed on crops. During feeding times, their flocks can grow well into several hundred birds. These high numbers can cause damage to fruit and crops, causing farmers to target them as pests.

Solutions

Our solutions to protecting and conserving the Fischer’s lovebird:

  • Collaborate with governments and governing bodies.

    African Wildlife Foundation influences policies on wildlife trade and trafficking and works to enforce harsher punishments for poachers and traffickers.

  • Work closely with communities.

    We are educating communities on the ecosystem and economic benefits of wildlife, like the Fischer’s lovebird, and we are also working with communities to set aside protected land for wildlife—in the form of conservancies. 

Projects

Will you show the Fischer’s lovebird your support?

With your help, AWF can continue our efforts to keep the Fischer’s lovebird’s populations from further decline, by working with communities and governments to protect this beautiful bird. Donate today to help ensure that the Fischer’s lovebird does not become an endangered species.

  • Manyara Ranch Primary School
    Rebuilding educational facilities in Tanzania

    The Maasai School was dangerously dilapidated.

    The school formerly located on Manyara Ranch was dilapidated, having seen no physical maintenance or repair in more...

    Read more
    All Projects

  • Esilalei Women’s Cultural Boma
    Empowering women while encouraging conservation

    Poverty and conservation both are issues in Tanzania. 

    Tanzania, like many parts of Africa, still struggles with poverty and issues of economic empowerment. Women...

    Read more
    All Projects

  • Manyara Ranch Tented Camp
    Bridging the gap between tourism and conservation

    A failing cattle ranch endangers local wildlife. 

    Originally established as a cattle ranch during Tanzania's colonial period, Manyara Ranch is now a 45,000-acre...

    Read more
    All Projects

Get Involved

Become a member

Join African Wildlife Foundation as a member for just $25. Your partnership is vital to our mission to protect Africa’s most precious - and imperiled - creatures.

Join Now

  • Spread the word