Rosy-faced Lovebird Mauve (Agapornis roseicollis 'Mauve')

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Rosy-faced Lovebird Mauve
Agapornis roseicollis 'Mauve'
Rosy-faced Lovebird Mauve (Agapornis roseicollis 'Mauve')
Name Rosy-faced Lovebird Mauve
Name Lat. Agapornis roseicollis 'Mauve'
Family Parrots
Family lat. Psittacidae
Order Parrots
Order lat. Psittaciformes
Origin Africa
Climate Tropical
Diet Lovebird seed, veggies, fruits
Keeping Pair, group
Care Level Easy
Reproduction Cavity nest
Life Span 10-15 years
Protection No
Metric Units
Size 15 cm
Temperature Room temperature
Housing 100 x 50 x 50 cm
US Units
Size 5.9"
Temperature Room temperature
Housing 40" x 20" x 20"

Distribution and habitat

The distribution area of the roseheads are dry steppes and grasslands near water from South Africa to West Angola. In the trade mostly only offspring are offered.

Cage size

The minimum cage size is 100 x 50 x 50 cm (L x W x H) for a pair. The cage size must not be undercut even in case of justified single keeping. For an additional 2 birds, assuming species compatibility, the floor space must be increased by 50%. The cage must be placed at a height of at least 80 cm (except aviaries) in a bright, draught-free and quiet place and should have cross-wiring or netting. Keeping in an aviary with a floor area of at least 1 m² is preferable to keeping in a cage.


The floor must be covered with sand, shavings of untreated wood or similar material and cleaned once a week if possible. At least 2 perches made of wood or branches of different thickness and height shall be installed in such a way as to provide the longest possible flight path and prevent soiling of the feed and water containers. A bathing facility should be available at all times, alternatively they can be sprayed with water at least once a week. In addition to hiding places (burrows or half burrows), they need climbing and occupation material, such as rings, ropes and natural branches that are harmless to health. They should be kept at room temperature.


The species-specific feed offer consists of mixed seeds, available in specialized trade as "Agapornidenfutter" in premium quality, supplemented with foxtail millet, some green panicle millet, chickweed, organic lettuce, berries, fruits, carrots, in addition fresh twigs with buds and especially for the rearing of young sprouted feed (semi-mature wheat), egg feed and soaked zwieback. If there are several animals, set up several feeding stations. They need grit, cuttlefish and vitamin lime as digestive aids. Drinking water must always be available in birdbaths or in stable, open containers and, like food, must be offered fresh daily in clean containers.

A varied diet promotes health and prevents deficiency symptoms.

Reproduction and breeding

The sexes are difficult to distinguish, the females have a slightly wider leg position.

They breed in nest boxes (also budgerigar nest boxes) in portrait or landscape format and in hollowed tree trunks. The nesting material (small twigs, pieces of bark) is entered in the back feathers. The clutch consists of 3 to 6 eggs, the incubation period is about 20 days. The breeding season is, biologically speaking, year-round. Young birds should be raised so that they are species-specific.


Roseheads should be provided with a leg ring.

The Mauve Rosebud is a color morph.

When kept in outdoor aviaries, they also need a heated shelter of at least 0.5 m², which can be visited by the birds at any time. The temperature in the shelter must not fall below 10 °C and the furnishings must be the same as those used for caging

They may only be kept in pairs or in a group. Socialization with other small parrots is well possible. In rooms, including shelters, sufficient daylight or flicker-free artificial light (stroboscopic effect) corresponding to daylight must be provided. The lighting duration shall be 8-12 hours per day and the natural day-night rhythm shall be observed. An adequate room climate is to be provided

If caged, they should be allowed free flight. The health condition of the birds should be checked daily.

Further literature can be found in your pet store.


Text: petdata; Image: petdata 

Source: BMELV (1995): Tierschutzgutachten - Mindestanforderungen an die Haltung von Papageien; ARNDT (1997): Lexikon der Papageien, Arndt Verlag; GRUMMT & STREHLOW (2009): Zootierhaltung - Tiere in menschlicher Obhut: Vögel, Verlag Harri Deutsch

  • Gemäß § 21 Abs. 5 Tierschutzgesetz idgF