by Barry Kent MacKay,
Senior Program Associate
Born Free USA's Canadian Representative
Barry is an artist, both with words and with paint. He has been associated with our organization for nearly three decades and is our go-to guy for any wildlife question. He knows his animals — especially birds — and the issues that affect them. His blogs will give you just the tip of his wildlife-knowledge iceberg, so be sure to stay and delve deeper into his Canadian Project articles. If you like wildlife and reading, Barry's your man. (And we're happy to have him as part of our team, too!)
In celebration of National Bird Day 2013, Barry Kent MacKay and Monica Engebretson — senior campaign associates for Born Free USA and lifelong bird enthusiasts — are taking turns in December and January to describe some of their favorite avian species. Below is the eighth installment, written by Monica.
For this week’s blog I have chosen two species from a genus that is extremely common in the exotic “pet” trade: Agapornis, better known as lovebirds. Specifically I want to write about two species who are near and dear to my heart: the Fischer’s lovebird (Agapornis fischeri) and the peach-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis), also known as the rosy-faced lovebird.