Gray-headed Lovebird

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 26 November 2012
Scientific Name
Agapornis canus
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittaculidae
  • Agapornis
  • A. canus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
5 inches
1 to 1.3 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 灰头牡丹鹦鹉
Czech (Cesky) agapornis šedohlavý
Danish (Dansk) Gråhovedet Dværgpapegøje
Dutch (Nederlands) Grijskopagapornis
Finnish (Suomi) madagaskarinkaijanen
French (Français) Inséparable à tête grise
German (Deutsch) Grauköpfchen
Italian (Italiano) Inseparabile testagrigia
Japanese (日本語) カルカヤインコ [karukayainko]
Norwegian (Norsk) Gråhodet Dvergpapegøye
Polish (Polski) nierozlaczka siwoglowa
Russian (русский язык) Сероголовый неразлучник
Spanish (Español) Inseparable Malgache
Swedish (Svenska) Morhuvad papegoja
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