Lovebirds

Energetic and curious friends

Lovebirds are very popular pets and are a good for first-time bird owners.

These birds are great pets for older children but may be a bit too nippy for younger children.

They are quiet birds, so 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. They can become nippy as they mature if they are not properly or consistently handled. They need to be kept singly or they will bond with each other rather than you.

The most popular types kept as pets are the Fischer’s, Masked, and Peach-Faced. Make sure you buy a young bird rather than an older one because they are easier to tame from a young age. You can tell that one is younger by the amount of black on his beak–the more black, the more young (this may be different with different color mutations). The black normally disappears when they are 4 months old.

If you are able to provide your bird with adaquate care and love, then this might be the perfect bird for you.

Types of Lovebirds
Fischer’s Masked Peach-Faced
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Fast Facts
Name Lovebird (Agapornis)
Origin Africa and Madagascar
Size 4-7 in., 50 grams
Color Differences There are a lot of different color varieties to choose from.
Average Cost $75-200
Lifespan up to 20 years
Noise Quiet–they are able to live in an apartment with you.
Qualities Need to be well socialized with members of your family, need to be kept singly, can become nippy, males are less temperamental than the females, curious, very energetic, playful, love to go inside things (so a hanging bed or hut should be provided unless it causes aggression), great first-time birds.
Abilities Low–most don’t learn to talk, but they are able to be trained.
Interaction/Time Requirements They need daily handling in order to be well socialized and less nippy.
Diet They need a diet for small birds
Supplies Needed They need supplies for small birds
See How Lovebirds Compare to Other Types of Pet Birds!
Lovebird Videos
“Lovebird Tricks/bird training/SMART PARROT!!!”

Video by theFoxCritThese birds are a lot of fun and many are able to learn tricks. This video shows just how smart they can be! 

“Birdie Bath Time”

Video by True Love AviaryThis is kind of a given, but they are also very cute. This video is a good example of what it’s like to observe them. 

“Lovebird Cuddle”

Video by ersterherndIf handled well, they can also be very affectionate and cuddly. This video is a great example of their cuddliness. 

Lovebird Training
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Lovebirds are often seen as nippy birds. You definitely need to know how to train your bird if you want him to be hand tamed and enjoy spending time with you. However, if you don’t know how to train one, you may have difficulty even getting your bird out of his cage.For this reason, we highly recommend that you find an effective training program for your bird. Whether your bird is new to your home or you’ve had him for years, a training program will always come in handy. We personally recommend the Bird Tricks Parrot Training Course by Chet Womach. You can see many of his videos for free to get an idea of how much he knows about birds and how he can help you train yours.Below is one of Chet’s videos that covers the first step to getting your Cockatiel to step up instead of bite you. This technique is perfect for Lovebirds as well. This video is a great example of how effective the training courses can be and how they are filled with a wealth of useful information for any bird owner. This video is only the first step in getting your small bird hand tamed. We highly recommend checking out Chet’s curriculum for taming your bird even further.

For more information about Chet’s course, you can visit the Bird Tricks webpage here.
Lovebird Education

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Your comment may just help someone decide whether or not this pet bird is for them.

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15 Comments

  1. Trans.Bøi September 28, 2018 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Hey! I’m looking for a Lovie and don’ Know where to get one. Do you know and in California? Close to LA?

  2. florian May 21, 2018 at 8:04 am - Reply

    hello people, hello bird lover..
    is it possible to cultivate a falcon in my apartment? I love so much falcons, eagles, and owl.
    sorry I am beginner in English.

  3. Hossein ghani January 10, 2018 at 6:24 am - Reply

    Hi i have two lovebirds.green and yellow.they are very cute and free in my home.

    • Lupe June 30, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

      Hi I have three lovebirds in cages, I would love them to be free in the house but they are even afraid of me….how did you do that?

  4. Sophia September 28, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    I have a 3 month old peach face. First day, I let him/her socialize with my family. It likes to dance to music. Trained it to step up. Let’s me pet its head, chest, and back. Sits and chills on the shoulder/anywhere. Since its still very young it will use its beak to help catch on then step up. Second day, steps up without me commanding. I just let my finger out. Starts talking to me, wags its tail (Happy) Explore and gets into hiding spots. Licks my fingers when it is thirsty, doesn’t know how to drink out of its cup yet. I have been putting drops onto my finger to feed it water and hand feed food to get comfortable with human contact. Third day, this morning, attempt to get the bird out, did not screech but chirped a couple of times and sat on my finger. Jerked its head around, ready to play and explore again. Tail wags, starts talking. Love my bird! They are very sweet solo, having a partner will make them more feisty as they are more in contact with their partner instead of humans. My friends had 3 more young ones and I chose this specific one since it was a month old. I notice it was much more calm than the others. It also showed me more affection by snuggling in my neck whilst the other 3 would only huddle together. Got myself a lucky one! Enjoy your love bird! They’re so sweet and adventurous.

  5. No August 6, 2017 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Lovebirds NEED to be held in pairs
    not alone. get your facts straigt!

    • Shayla May 6, 2018 at 3:30 am - Reply

      This isn’t true, it’s simply a common misconception.

      • Donald September 16, 2018 at 9:16 am - Reply

        Agreed. Lovebirds do not need to be kept in pairs. in fact, if you want to train it, it must be kept alone. if u keep them in pairs, which is fine, they will bond to themselves and shun human interaction. so the choice is yours.

  6. Kelesy Humphrey May 16, 2017 at 5:21 am - Reply

    I would like to Purchase a Love Bird Parrot when I get my Social Security Check next Month.

  7. emna April 23, 2017 at 3:26 am - Reply

    i like these love birds. they are very beautiful and nice. i hope if i can have one like you guys…

  8. Andrea December 8, 2016 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Love birds are beauty

  9. Natalie August 27, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    I’m thinking about getting either a parolet or love bird. Any comments or information would help me choose

  10. Anonymous March 5, 2015 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    I have a male peach-faced lovebird. He doesn’t talk but he has picked up kissy noises because I make those sounds in the morning to let him know that I am paying attention to him. They are very cuddly birds he rarely bites and has only nipped me twice in all the time I’ve had him (3-4ish years) I have handled a female lovebird as well and she nips all the time. Although it doesn’t really hurt. They are picky little birds and can be loud in the morning and messy. If you decide to get a love bird know what you are setting yourself up for. 20 years of early wake up calls, weekly cleaning daily food and filtered water. And if you don’t give them enough attention they will remember and hold a grudge until you lavish them with attention and millet. Overall they are cute, cuddly companions though you will swear they are more intelligent than the average dog even if they don’t learn to talk. They are a great first bird as long as the children aren’t TOO young then they may be a little nippy.

  11. Anonymous January 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    I have two lovebirds. They are sooooooo cute but I think it’s better to only get one as they tend to ignore you sort of. They do bite often but this can be stopped through training.

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