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Agapornis: Bird Term of the Day

The Latinized genus name for the parrots called lovebirds in the taxonomic classification system.

By Melissa Kauffman

Courtesy Rocky Zweigh, New York
Pumpkin is an orange-faced lovebird,which is a recessive color mutation of the peach-faced lovebird.

Agapornis: (noun) The Latinized genus name for the parrots called lovebirds in the taxonomic classification system. The lovebird genus name Agapornis was created from two words: the Greek word agapein, which means “to love,” and the Latin word ornis, from the Greek word “bird.” The lovebird genus Agapornis was created in 1836 by British ornithologist Prideaux John Selby. There are nine species of lovebirds in the Agapornis genus, which includes the most popular pet parrot lovebird, the peach-faced lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis).

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Terry, Houston, TX
Posted: 8/21/2011 8:00:44 PM
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Lovebirds rule
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This is cool!
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