The Lutino Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis), is said to be the most beautiful of all lovebirds, with its golden yellow plumage. Lutino lovebird is one of the most popular mutations of Peach-Faced lovebird and it’s followed closely by the beautiful Dutch Blue lovebird in popularity.
These lovebirds have a wonderful and charming way of being active and playfully amusing. The Lutino Lovebird is easy to care for, and hand-raised Lutino Lovebird is an incredibly affectionate companion. As they are quite intelligent and aware, even an untamed lovebird will watch it’s caretaker with curiosity and readily interact.
The Lutino Lovebirds are very social and love to live in company of another lovebird. They need a lot of attention if kept single. Most are kept in pairs to satisfy their considerable need for constant companionship, mutual preening, and socialization. Peach-face lovebirds are the most popular variety of lovebirds.
The Lutino Lovebird, a particularly striking bird with an overall yellow coloring and a bright red face, is a mutation of the Peach-faced Lovebird. The lutino mutation is a sex-linked gene. It acts by removing removing all of the melanin, the dark pigment, from the bird while the pigments of yellow and red are uneffected. There are two other sex-linked mutations which work to partially remove or dilute the melanin. They are called cinnamon, or sometimes ‘fallow’. The darker of the two is the American cinnamon and can be described as a light green. The other is the Australian cinnamon, which is a very light greenish-yellow. The Lutino Lovebird will get up to about 6″ – 7″ (16 – 18 cm) in length.