Lovebirds are one of the smaller species of parrots and are known to be very intelligent, affectionate and social. The name ‘lovebird’ is perfect for these parrots because of their devotion to their mates. Pairs perch closely, preening each other, for long periods.
Lovebirds make terrific companion parrots though they aren’t known to be big talkers. Lovebirds need lots of toys and cage enrichment to stay busy and to keep their beaks trimmed. Like other parrot species, lovebirds need attention and positive interaction from their owners to avoid undesirable behaviors like feather-picking and biting.
There are nine different species of lovebirds, and of those, three are commonly kept as companion pets. They include the Peach-Faced Lovebird, the Fischer’s Lovebird, and the Masked Lovebird.
In the wild, lovebirds’ bodies are mostly green, with different colors on their chests, necks, and heads. They have sharp beaks, stocky little bodies, and short, blunt tails. Lovebirds are five to six-and-a-half inches in length and weigh approximately one-and-a-half to two ounces.
Many hybrid lovebirds have been domestically bred, and so many different color combinations of these birds exist in captivity.
ADULT SIZE: 5 to 6 inches
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 10 to 15 years, potentially more with great care
Origin and History
lovebird—a native to that island—all lovebird species call the African continent home. They tend to live in small flocks.
Lovebirds can be described as active, curious, feisty, and playful so they definitely pack a lot of personality into a small package. They are very social birds that form deep bonds with their owners and can be very cuddly birds as a result of this.
Lovebirds can also be very territorial, aggressive, and jealous if not properly tamed and worked with from a young age. Some experts believe female lovebirds are more prone to jealousy and territoriality than males but birds of both sexes can have wonderful personalities.
Caring for Lovebirds
Regular handling and training are needed to maintain a tame lovebird. Purchasing a hand-raised fledgling will make taming your new lovebird easier but with a little time and patience, you can tame any bird. If you’re getting an older lovebird, try to find one that has been handled regularly and has some training to make things easier for yourself.
A common misconception about keeping lovebirds is that they should always be kept in pairs. Plenty of single lovebirds do fine without a mate as long as they receive enough attention and social interaction from their owners.
That being said, lovebirds are flock animals so they really do thrive when they feel that they are part of a flock and have their own kind to communicate with. If you are short on time to spend with your lovebird it is especially important to get him or her a companion.
A well-balanced Lovebird diet consists of:
Specialized pellets should make up 60-70% of diet, fresh vegetables and fruits and small amounts of fortified seeds
Clean, fresh, filtered, chlorine-free water, changed daily.
Do not feed birds avocado, fruit seeds, chocolate, caffeine or alcohol as these can cause serious medical conditions. Avoid sugar and high fat treats.
Things to remember when feeding your Lovebird:
Fresh food and water should always be available.
Vegetables and fruits not eaten within a few hours should be discarded.
Remember, treats should not exceed 10% of total food intake.