Wildlife Biologist's Paper Establishes New Lovebird Species In North America

By Paige Phelps
Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 4:52pm
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On Valentine’s Day, it’s easy to remember what a love song sounds like.

That’s right. There’s the classic Dolly Parton hit “I will always love you” or Beyonce’s hit “Crazy in Love.” 

And there’s also this love song from a rosy-faced lovebird, a bright green, parakeet-type bird you might have seen flying in your local, city park. They were first observed in Phoenix in 1985. In fact, they are the only feral lovebird colony in the United States — and there’s about 3,000 of them flying around.

Troy Corman is a wildlife biologist for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. He basically wrote the book on the rosy-faced lovebirds. OK, it was more of a paper. But it was an important paper; it actually established the new species within North America.

Even though there’s a lot ornithologists still don’t know about rosy-faced lovebirds, it turns out love looks pretty similar whether you’re winged or not, KJZZ’s Paige Phelps spoke with Corman at Roadrunner Park about them.

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