Do not mince words: Lovebirds are clingy. These tiny creatures (6 inches, or about 15 cm) need cuddles and frequent physical contact for reassurance, either from humans or a partner bird. This makes them a superb friend when you want a bird you can bond with for life – and a lovebird’s average lifespan is reported at anywhere from 10 to 20 years.

Lovebirds are famous for being kept in pairs, which has much to recommend it: Not a lot of working people can spare the time lovebirds will beg for you to give them. If you can, though, try to find a pair that is already bonded, as getting new birds comfortable with each other will always be tricky.

Lovebirds struggle to speak the way many parrots do, but their tweets will often mimic the tone and pitch of things you say. This behavior is precious and must be protected at all costs.