Lovebirds: the inseparable

green agapornis rosicolis perched on a tree trunk
16 October 2020 Pets4Company

Colorful, intelligent and very passionate - we present: the lovebirds!

The Lovebirds are one of the most popular companion birds: colorful, intelligent and affectionate, they are authentic “pocket parrots”!

Belonging to the Agapornis genus, order of the Psittaciformes, have no apparent sexual dimorphism. With an average length of 15cm, they weigh between 50 to 60 grams, making them one of the smallest companions with a curved beak.

Loving by nature, they are capable of great displays of affection, feeding and caring for their partner. When they encounter "the one" they mate for life. And for all this they received the designation of lovebirds - the bird of love!

fischeri lovebirds eating on a log

The Origins

With the exception of the Lovebirds on the island of Madagascar, all other subspecies are native to the African continent , moving in modest flocks of few elements. In nature, they feed on grassy plants, seeds, fruits and vegetables.

There are altogether nine subspecies of Lovebirds in the world of which only three are kept as pets: the Fischeri-lovebird , the Personatus-lovebird  and the Roseicollis-lovebird.

Some subspecies need to contain native figs in their diet so that they can remain healthy and reproduce, this being one of the barriers to keeping them in captivity.

four green agapornis personatus with gray heads perched on a tree

In captivity

In captivity there are diets developed according to the specific needs of the lovebird that must be complemented by fruits and vegetables. It is of great importance to keep fresh water regularly renewed and always available as well as a source of calcium and minerals (ex: cuttlefish bone), especially during periods of growth or mating .

Occasionally we should provide water in a container that allows the lovebird to bathe and cool off.

Despite their small size, they are birds that require a lot of space so the cage to consider should match your movement needs. It should also be made of resistant material: its small beak can be quite destructive! Several perches and strategically placed should allow the bird to feed without difficulty, and one of them must be placed in a higher area where the Lovebird can observe the environment that surrounds it from a strategic point!

A nest or shelter is essential if birds are outside.

Several toys made of untreated woods and ropes, complete the scenario while providing a distraction - being birds endowed with great intelligence, the absence of stimuli can lead to mental health problems.

In love with these little lovers? We sure are!

two lovebirds one yellow and one sleeping green