A lovebird might be an inquisitive and active pet, but their loving nature makes them great companions. They form a bond with one mate that is often very affectionate. The lovebird is a small, stocky parrot with short blunt tail feathers. They are smaller than budgies (“parakeets”) and typically range in size from 5 to 6 ½ inches long.
Although Lovebirds are small, they are still considered parrots. Lovebird color mutations are produced by selective breeding to bring out certain colors traits which include black-winged lovebirds whose specialized diet includes native figs that makes them so rare when living in captivity.
Native Region / Natural Habitat
Most lovebird species are native to the continent of Africa; the exception is the Madagascar (grey-headed) lovebird, which is native to the island of Madagascar.
Of the nine species of lovebirds, six are listed as Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. However, three of the species have some endangerment concerns. The Fischer’s lovebird and Nyasa lovebird are both Near-Threatened, which is one step closer to Endangered than the six species. The black-cheeked lovebird is the most endangered in the wild of all the lovebirds. It is listed as Vulnerable, which is only one step away from Endangered.
Care & Feeding
Like most birds, lovebirds love to exercise and require the largest cage that your budget and space can afford. Lovebirds that are cooped up in a small cage and never given any freedom tend to become neurotic and can develop self-mutilating habits. Toys are a must for these active parrots. Keep in mind that lovebirds are strong chewers, so choose toys that can stand up to chewing without causing a hazard. With proper care and a well-balanced diet, a lovebird can live between 12 and 15 or more years.
Good nutrition is all about balance for lovebirds, just as it is for most birds. A balanced diet provides the essential classes of nutrients: water, protein, carbohydrates and fiber, lipids, minerals, and vitamins. A seed-only diet is a recipe for malnutrition, and malnutrition causes many nutrition-related ailments.