- Common Names: Fischer’s lovebird, black-masked lovebird, yellow-collared lovebird, peach-faced lovebird, pocket parrot
- Scientific Name: Agapornis fischeri, Agapornis personata, Agapornis roseicollis
- Adult Size: 5 to 6 inches
- Life Expectancy: 10 to 15 years, potentially more with great care
Lovebirds are quiet birds so that they can live in an apartment with you. They can also be friendly with all members of your family if they are hand-fed and socialized from a young age. Lovebirds are a favorite among pet birds.
Lovebird Cage Set-Up
- Lovebirds need a cage about twice the size of their wingspan, but the bigger the cage the better.
- Lovebirds thrive in pairs or even groups, but you’ll need a larger cage for more than one.
- Your lovebird’s cage should include at least two perches of different heights, thickness, and texture (including natural branches, if possible). These variations help keep your lovebird’s feet healthy. Your bird should be able to move between the perches easily.
- Do not put perches over food or water dishes. The birds’ droppings will contaminate the food and water.
- Birds are sensitive to strong smells, smoke, and drafts. Keep your lovebird’s cage away from the kitchen and away from windows.
- Cushion the floor of the cage with a corncob layer, or aspen, wood-pellet, or recycled-paper bedding or use a liner.
- You’ll need to remove droppings frequently.
- Spot-clean the bottom liner or bedding weekly, and replace it entirely once a month.
About the Lovebird
Lovebirds described as active, curious, feisty, and playful. They have big personalities and are very social birds. And as a result, they are likely to form deep bonds with their owners and can be very cuddly birds.
Lovebirds can also be very territorial, aggressive, and jealous if not correctly tamed and worked with from a young age.
Single lovebirds do fine without a mate as long as they receive enough attention and social interaction from their owners. If you are short on time, it is especially important to get him or her a companion. Lovebirds are flock animals, so they thrive when they feel that they are part of a flock.
Origin and History
Except for the Madagascar lovebird — a native to that island — all lovebird species call the African continent home. They tend to live in small flocks.
Speech and Vocalizations
While not as loud as some larger parrots, lovebirds can still produce a loud, high pitched screech, especially when they’re seeking your attention. As a general rule, they are not known for their ability to mimic speech or sounds, but both sexes have the potential to chatter.
Diet and Nutrition
- Lovebirds, like other parrots, should be fed a variety of foods. Seeds can be a nutritious part of the menu, but they are high in fat. Seeds should be no more than 25 percent of the bird’s diet.
- A good pelleted bird food should be the basis of the diet. Pelleted diets are often the right choice for birds as they are nutritionally balanced, and birds can’t pick out their favorite seeds and leave the rest.
- To make sure that your bird gets all the nutrients it needs, offer a variety of fresh fruit, grasses, seeds, and vegetables. Try to rotate the kinds of fresh foods you offer.
- Your lovebird should have access to a cuttlebone or a mineral block at all times to help keep their beaks healthy.
- Your lovebird must have fresh water at all times.
Like all parrots, lovebirds are active and playful. They’ll do best with plenty of interaction and playtime.
It is a good idea to have lots of toys on hand and to rotate them throughout the cage to keep these birds occupied. By giving them attention every day, this will also strengthen your bond and prevent unwanted behavior.
Lovebirds can be aggressive chewers, so keep this in mind when choosing toys. Safe toys include wood, sisal, leather, acrylic, and rawhide toys, as well as bells and ladders.
The vitamins and minerals found in fruits, vegetables, and a pellet-based diet are essential for maintaining your lovebird’s health. If you notice any of these signs of illness or distress, contact a veterinarian who treats birds:
- Decreased appetite or weight loss.
- Decreased activity or grooming.
- Feathers fluffed up for a long time.
- Long periods sitting at the bottom of the enclosure.
- Discharge from nose or mouth.
- Change in droppings for more than two days.
- Use caution when handling pets and remember they may bite or scratch (especially when stressed).
- Supervise children around pets.
- ALL ANIMALS can potentially carry viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases contagious to humans.
- Thoroughly wash your hands with warm, soapy water before and after contact with any pet or its habitat.
- Adults should assist children with handwashing after contact with a pet, its habitat, or aquarium water.
- Lovebirds are very friendly and have great personalities.
- Lovebirds love being in close contact with people.
- Lovebirds are entertaining.
- Lovebirds are relatively easy to take care of compared with other pets.
- Lovebirds can be biters.
- Lovebirds can be noisy.
- Lovebirds do need attention.