is provided to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about
the ALBS website and membership. If
you have a question about ALBS or the contents of this website, please
read this document before contacting us or an ALBS officer. If you have any additional bird related
question and it does not appear on this document please feel free to
write to the following address: Lbrandt@sssnet.com.
Your question will be published in the next ALBS
journal, Agapornis World, in
the "Ask Linda" column.
Q: Can I (Join ALBS / Order
Leg Bands / Affiliate My Bird Club with ALBS) over the Internet?
A: Yes, you can Join
ALBS and Order
Leg Bands online. For information on how to join ALBS go to: How to join
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
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
and pay for bands online.
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
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
able to help you
Bird Identification Question
***Questions about bird
identifications may be published in the Agapornis
World column, "Ask Linda"
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 on the ALBS site. What do I need to do?
A: The ALBS site currently has a page called Services
and Suppliers. To find out about prices and advertising on this
page, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ALBS members can also 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 write to ALBS for more
Q: I would like to have a
link from the ALBS site to my website. What do I need to do?
A:We will add links to any bird-related website on the conditions that
it does not contain inappropriate or offensive material and that the
site establishes a reciprocal link to the ALBS site. In the future, the
ALBS site may include a member breeders listing similar to the one
found in Agapornis World, but there is no such facility at the present
time. If you would like to have a link to your site on the ALBS links
page submit a request:Request a Link