Agapornis Genome Study

Parentage verification test development

We are happy to announce that we have gotten funding to develop a parentage verification test for lovebirds! We will be testing just under 1000 birds from various species, inbreeding levels and families. If you are able to help us with samples please contact us at

Taking part in the study doesn’t cost anything. We only require a few drops of blood from your birds on a blood card. The blood card and all other necessities will be sent to you.

Please note that we can only accept birds that are in families – e.g. parents and one or more chick, siblings, uncles and aunts with nieces and nephews, grandparents and grand-chicks etc.

This will help us to decide which markers that we have identified are the most powerful to exclude non-parent individuals. We hope to develop a commercial parentage verification test soon.