Gray-headed Lovebird

About the Gray-headed Lovebird
Also known as: Madagascar Lovebird, The Lovebird of Madagascar
Gray-headed Lovebird

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.

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Details & Statistics


The Gray-headed Lovebird is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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