Beautiful and intelligent, these little birds have been one of the most beloved types of African parrot for over 100 years. However, there are a lot of myths out there about Lovebirds, their behaviour, and what it’s like to keep them as pets.
There are nine separate sub-species of these little parrots, each carrying their own distinct traits and characteristics.
The Peach-Faced Lovebird can be identified by the rainbow of yellow, green, and blue on their bodies, and their bright peachy-pink faces. While the different types of Lovebirds have differences in looks and temperament, on average, all of the Lovebirds will live for up to 20 years in captivity.
Like all parrots, Lovebirds are extremely active birds that need quite a bit of exercise in order to stay in top physical condition. Those interested in adopting a Lovebird must be willing and prepared to give their feathered friend a bird-safe place to play outside of its cage for several hours per day. This will allow the bird to exercise all of the muscle groups that it needs to stay healthy, as well as provide important mental stimulation that these very intelligent animals need.
The monogamous birds reach sexual maturity when they’re about ten months old. Mating begins with courtship behaviour, and can continue throughout their roughly 15-year lifespan. Monogamy is essential to the social stability of flocks and underlies much of their social behaviour.
If a mate dies or gets separated from the flock, its companion exhibits erratic behaviour that some have likened to depression. Birds kept as pets often don’t like being alone and will exhibit similar behaviour in captivity.
Lovebirds are native to the forests and savannas of Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. Fossils of ancient lovebird species have been unearthed in South Africa. These date to as far back as 1.9 million years ago.
Lovebirds are cavity dwellers they make their home in holes in trees, rocks or shrubs in the wild. Some species nest in groups, while others pair off to build their nests away from the flock. In urban settings, they might rely on anything from a tree to a crevice in a building. Peach-faced lovebirds in Phoenix, Arizona, often make their homes in cacti.
It might seem like common sense, but save your chocolate and give it to a human. Lovebirds survive on a healthy diet of seeds/pellets, berries, fruit, and occasionally insect larva in the wild. In Africa, they’re also known as crafty crop pests, as they feast on millet and maize farms. So get buying those healthy safe vegetables.