Fischer's Lovebirds

Fischer's Lovebird, Serengeti National Park

Fischer's lovebird (Agapornis fischeri) is a small parrot species of the Agapornis genus.  (Thankyou Wikipedia!)   They are native to east-central Africa,  south and southeast of Lake Victoria in northern Tanzania (I photographed this one in Serengeti National Park).    The bird's range varies with conditions,  in drought years some birds move west into Rwanda and Burundi seeking moister conditions.

It's believed there are between 290,000-1,000,000 left in the wild and whilst they aren't considered endangered,  they are now considered "near threatened" due to widespread trapping for the pet trade.   The decline in numbers began in the 1970s and by 1987 they were the most commonly traded birds in the world.    Export of Fischer's Lovebirds is now prohibited.

This bird was one of a flock of about 50 or 60 birds which I observed perched in a spiny acacia,  I chose here to isolate the individual bird in the frame.

Fischer's Loverbird

Camera: Canon 5D
Lens: 500mm F4
Focal Length: 1000mm
Exposure: 1/800 sec at f/8.0
ISO Speed: ISO 200
Processing: Lightroom.  Original file underexposed,  required +1.5 stops.

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