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Question:

February 28, 2020

cross breeding- masklovebirds


I happen to have a male blue mask and a grey female mask.
both unpaired in separate cages.
if I put both in one cage, with a nest box, will they breed?
or, a larger question is – do masked lovebirds inter-breed?


Answer:

Hi Roger,

It sounds like both of your birds are color mutations of the black masked lovebird. There is only one natural color and the rest of the colors are achieved through selective breeding of birds with various color mutations. So yes, you can breed the birds if they are unrelated. They are still the same species so it is not the same as cross breeding. If you bred a black masked lovebird with a peach faced lovebird, for example, this is cross breeding resulting in a hybrid bird.

You can do a  Google search for black masked lovebird mutations to learn more about the different colors.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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