Status of the Rosy-faced Lovebird in Phoenix, Arizona
The Rosy-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis) is a small, colorful parrot that is a popular cage bird in the United States and elsewhere. Since at least the mid-1980s, feral flocks of this species have been reported breeding in residential neighborhoods of the greater Phoenix area. Most exotic species that escape do not survive long in the wild and fewer still establish breeding populations in nonnative habitats. However during the past 25 years, populations of these lovebirds have increased and expanded and they have become regular city park and backyard visitors to many greater Phoenix neighborhoods. The history of some exotic bird populations in the United States (Pranty 2001) suggests the long-term status of the Rosy-faced Lovebird in Arizona is not predictable. However, in the greater Phoenix area, they are widespread, their population is growing, and there is little doubt that this charismatic little psittacid will continue to be part of Arizona’s avifauna for the foreseeable future.