Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Grey-headed Lovebird (Agapornis canus)


Taxonomy

French: Inséparable à tête grise German: Grauköpfchen Spanish: Inseparable malgache
Taxonomy:

Psittacus canus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

Madagascar and Mauritius

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Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. c. canus (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – Madagascar except SW.
  • A. c. ablectaneus Bangs, 1918 – SW Madagascar from R Mangoky to W side of Anosyenne Mts#R.
  • Introduced or believed introduced (presumed canus in most cases) to Comoros, Seychelles, Reunion, Mauritius, Rodrigues, also Zanzibar and several other African places; persists only in Comoros#R.

    Descriptive notes

    13–15 cm; 25–31·5 g. Male has pale grey from head to upper breast; green upperparts, brighter on rump; yellow green underparts; black underwing-coverts.... read more

    Voice

    Varied whistles and squawks, including a subdued Melopsittacus undulatus-like chatter,... read more

    Habitat

    Forest edges and clearings, wooded (e.g. Medemia palm) savanna, scrub and degraded forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits and grass seeds, mainly the latter including commercially grown elephant grass (Panicum maximum) in Seychelles, often eaten... read more

    Breeding

    Nov–Dec, Mar in Madagascar; Nov–Apr in Comoros. Nest in tree-hole, usually dead, e.g. Tamarindus, Acacia,... read more

    Movements

    Sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally widespread and common, more so in coastal areas, but now judged uncommon in E (where formerly common) and rare on the High... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Grey-headed Lovebird (Agapornis canus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/54592 on 15 October 2018).