Peach-faced Lovebird "Invasion" (30)
|I thought the group of Peach-faced Lovebirds that I saw at the riparian habitat not far from my house were accidental or they were just released there.. Than I saw a big flock in a another location then I started thinking from where they're coming from.. It's not uncommon to see colonies of Parakeets and Parrots in big cities.. But here in Phoenix in the middle of the desert it's very odd... But they're desert birds originally from the Namibia desert, so They like it here very much I suppose..|
"Lovebirds were first reported in Phoenix in 1987, and there are now established colonies all over the East Valley from Cave Creek in the north to Chandler in the south. Their breeding biology partially explains why they have undergone a population explosion in the past decade. Adult plumage is attained at 4 months, they are sexually mature in under a year, and there is evidence they produce two broods per year. The second part of the population equation is that because they are non-indigenous, they have fewer natural predators than in their native savanna."
From a local newspaper