Up to 58 grams (2 ounces)
Height: 12 to 15 centimeters (5 to 6 inches) Wingspan: up to 9 centimeters (3.5 inches)
Up to 25 years
Grasslands, semi-arid woodlands, and savannas
21 to 23 days
Lanner falcon, humans
Their beautiful plumage makes them attractive pets.
Humans are responsible for the declining populations of Fischer’s lovebirds. The major 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. Current population numbers are estimated to be between 290,000 to 1,002,200. Even though legal trapping has been halted, the trade still exists, climate change has caused several severe winters, and unsustainable development all continue to threaten this species.
Some farmers consider the Fischer’s lovebird to be a pest.
They feed on seeds, and on occasion fruits, and they can sometimes be found in agricultural areas or farmland, where they feed on crops. They are generally seen in small flocks but during feeding times their flocks can grow well into the hundreds. These high numbers can cause damage to fruit and crops, causing farmers to target them as pests.
Our solutions to protecting the Fischer’s lovebird:
African Wildlife Foundation influences policies on wildlife trade and trafficking and works to enforce harsher punishments for poachers and traffickers.
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.