Fischer’s Lovebirds at Ndutu


Fischer’s Lovebirds are surprisingly hard to see sometimes. It’s amazing, considering their technicolor plumage, that they can disappear into the treetops. On the other hand it is remarkably easy to know they are around because they never seem to stop chattering. These birds were digiscoped near Lake Ndutu, southeast of the Serengeti.


They chatter because they are highly social creatures. When they do emerge seeing them isn’t a problem but tearing yourself away is. They are pretty captivating.


This group was foraging together near what appeared to be nest cavities.


This sleepy fellow makes an appearance in the video below. He was falling asleep in the sun in between sessions of frenetic preening. One of the nice things about the video is the soundscape at Ndutu – there are birds everywhere.


Video digiscoped with a Canon Powershot Elph 100 and a Swarovski ATM 65.


Lovebird in an action stance.

4 responses

  1. Deanna Nielson

    Is the “sleepy” bird a juvenile? It’s feathers seem rougher than the other birds pictured.

    February 1, 2012 at 7:04 am

  2. Siobhan Ruck

    Psittids, Represent! About time there were some parrots around here.

    Deanna, I was wondering if the sleepy bird was a female about to lay an egg. My bird acts in a similar way when the time is near, sleepy but fidgety, seemingly can’t get comfortable, and she really seeks warmth. She stays more fluffed up than usual and preens constantly, especially around her belly (where the brood patch is).

    Alternately, maybe the bird has just bathed, which explains spiky appearance of the belly feathers that would have been sitting in the water and also why it would have been preening so much.

    Or I could be wrong on both counts.

    February 1, 2012 at 7:31 am

  3. I love all your photos from Africa, but these especially are wonderful to me. To see Lovebird living free and wild, as they should be, instead of in a cage, is really uplifting. The captivating nature of parrots is their downfall. The pet trade has caused so much devastation, not just to wild populations, but to the ones brought into the world by breeders and pet stores and then sold to people who have no concept of their needs. I volunteer with a parrot rescue group called Mickaboo, here in the Bay Area, and I would give anything to see an end to the pet trade of all the parrots. Seeing them like this, where they are free to be who they truly are is something I hope I get to do someday!
    “God loved birds and created trees. Man loved birds and invented cages” – Jacques Deval

    February 1, 2012 at 7:32 am

  4. ml

    These are adorable and have such personality.

    February 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm

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