Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Parrot flew into my Woodlands Link workshop. Is it yours?

 Parrot flew into my Woodlands Link workshop. Is it yours?

STOMPer Joseph said this parrot, which had a tag on its leg, flew into his shop in Woodlands Link today (June 2).

Said the STOMPer:

"It flew into my workshop and there is a tag on its legs with some markings on it.

"Has anyone lost a pet parrot recently?"

This appears to be a peach-faced lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis), a species of parrot native to southwestern Africa, in parts of Namibia, Botswana, Angola and South Africa. It is a very popular pet, along with 2 other species of lovebird, the Fischer's lovebird (Agapornis fischeri) and masked lovebird (Agapornis personatus).

(Photo by Peregrine's Bird Photography)

There are feral populations of peach-faced lovebird in Tucson and Phoenix in Arizona, where the arid climate presumably bears some similarity to the dry savanna woodlands they inhabit in Africa. In Singapore, this species was recorded on the rooftop of flats in Pasir Panjang in October 1987. More recently, at least 1 peach-faced lovebird was spotted at Venus Drive in May 2008.

There are numerous colour mutations found in captivity, and any enthusiast seeking to breed peach-faced lovebirds probably needs to be well-versed in the genetics that affect the colour of the plumage.

(Photo by Christel)
This morph is known as the Dutch blue.

I have blogged previously about lovebirds in this post, inspired by a sighting of an escaped Fischer's lovebird.