Q: Can I join ALBS / order leg bands / affiliate my bird club with ALBS over the internet?
A: Yes, you can Join ALBS, order ALBS leg bands for your love birds and affiliate online, please see website menu above for appropriate page. If you would like more information about how to affiliate your club or organization with ALBS, you can contact your ALBS Regional Director or write to:
African Love Bird Society
Attn: Club Affiliation
P.O. Box 142
San Marcos, CA 92079
Q: How do I get ALBS coded leg bands?
A: Only ALBS members may buy ALBS leg bands. Instructions for ordering leg bands are included in each issue of the journal Agapornis World, which all ALBS members receive as part of their membership. You can now also order and pay for bands online.
Q: I have questions about love birds, where can I get answers?
A: One good place to get answers is the Flock Talk column written by Leigh Ann Minturn in the Agapornis World journal published and sent to ALBS members quarterly. Contact Leigh Ann to submit questions or suggestions for topics you would like discussed.
Q: My bird seems like it is sick, what should I do?
A: Take your bird to a qualified veterinarian who is experienced in examining and treating birds. Many vets do not have much experience with birds, so it is best to find one that makes birds a significant part of his or her practice. You can usually get recommendations from your local pet store or bird club, or simply check ads in your telephone directory.
Q: What would I get if I bred my peachfaced love bird to a masked or Fischer's love bird?
A: Please do not do this. The resulting offspring would be hybrid birds, that would be neither peachfaced or any other species. Most major bird organizations frown on hybridization. ALBS has always been opposed to hybridization, and does not allow the exhibition of obviously hybridized birds. If you want to allow your birds to breed, please find appropriate partners for them that are of the same species.
Q: I don't know what kind of love bird I have, can you identify it for me?
A: Maybe. The more information you can give about the bird’s coloration, the more likely it is that we will be able to tell you something useful about it. Describe it as thoroughly as possible. Do you know what its parents looked like? Describe them. Be as specific as possible. It would be of great help if you could send us a picture of the bird you want to identify, that way you can get a more specific name for the mutation of your bird.
Take the time to look at the birds in the color mutations section of this site. Does your bird look like any of them, even a little? Remember that everyone sees and describes colors a little differently (what is "aqua" to me might be "blue green" to you or "pale green" to someone else), so be as specific as possible. The more time and effort you put into describing your bird, the more likely it is that we will be able to help you.
Q: I want to buy a love bird, can you recommend a place for me to buy one?
A: Each issue of Agapornis World (which is sent to every ALBS member) contains a listing of ALBS-affiliated breeders nationwide. We do not currently have a breeder listing on the ALBS web site, though we may add one in the future.
Q: I would like to advertise my aviary or product in the ALBS journal, what do I need to do?
A: ALBS members can advertise their aviary in Agapornis World, for a $5 annual fee. Full page and smaller ads may be placed in Agapornis World for a per issue fee. Please contact ALBS for more information.