Lovebirds are one of the smaller species of parrots, and are known to be very intelligent, affectionate and social. The name ‘lovebird’ is perfect for these parrots because of their devotion to their mates. Pairs perch closely, preening each other, for long periods of time.
Lovebirds make terrific companion parrots though they aren’t known to be big talkers. Lovebirds need lots of toys and cage enrichment to stay busy and to keep their beaks trimmed. Like other parrot species, lovebirds need attention and positive interaction from their owners in order to avoid undesirable behaviors like feather-picking and biting.
There are nine different species of lovebirds, and of those, three are commonly kept as companion pets. They include the Peach-Faced Lovebird, the Fischer’s Lovebird, and the Masked Lovebird.
In the wild, lovebirds’ bodies are mostly green, with different colors on their chests, necks and heads. They have sharp beaks, stocky little bodies, and short, blunt tails. Lovebirds are five to six-and-a-half inches in length and weigh approximately one-and-a-half to two ounces.
Many hybrid lovebirds have been domestically bred, and so many different color combinations of these birds exist in captivity.