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Gray-headed Lovebird

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About the Gray-headed Lovebird

Also known as: Madagascar Lovebird, The Lovebird of Madagascar

The Gray-headed Lovebird is a small species of lovebird native to Madagascar. These little parrots are also known as Madagascar Lovebirds. They are the only species of lovebird that does not live on the mainland of Africa.

Grey-headed Lovebirds are sexually dimorphic, which means that males have a different plumage from females. Only the male birds have a gray head; females are green.

The Grey-headed Lovebird is the smallest species of lovebird in the world. They have a conservation status of Least Concern; they are not particularly popular in aviculture.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 26 November 2012
Scientific Name Agapornis canus
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittaculidae
  • Agapornis
  • A. canus
Birdorable Family Parrots & Parakeets
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
5 inches
1 to 1.3 ounces
Range East Africa

International Names

  • 灰头牡丹鹦鹉 (Chinese)
  • agapornis šedohlavý (Czech)
  • Gråhovedet Dværgpapegøje (Danish)
  • Grijskopagapornis (Dutch)
  • madagaskarinkaijanen (Finnish)
  • Inséparable à tête grise (French)
  • Grauköpfchen (German)
  • Inseparabile testagrigia (Italian)
  • カルカヤインコ [karukayainko] (Japanese)
  • Gråhodet Dvergpapegøye (Norwegian)
  • nierozlaczka siwoglowa (Polish)
  • Сероголовый неразлучник (Russian)
  • Inseparable Malgache (Spanish)
  • Morhuvad papegoja (Swedish)

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