Peach-faced Lovebird, a charming beginner parrot

The Peach-faced lovebird (also known as the rosy-collared or rosy-faced lovebird) is a small parrot indigenous to Africa. Thanks to their minimal care requirements, millions of them are kept as pets throughout the world. Escaped pets have formed feral populations in cities in various countries.

Care

A hand raised Peach-faced lovebird makes a loving and playful pet. You can keep them individually or in pairs, but birds kept with a partner will often bond more closely with each other. Lovebirds need to fly to get the exercise they need. Unless your bird is allowed to fly around the house almost daily, you should provide a cage large enough for it to fly between two perches.

If a nest box is provides, a bonded pair of birds will readily breed. You should read a more comprehensive guide to lovebird breeding before deciding if this is something you wish to pursue.

Diet

A seed mix designed for small parrots, when supplemented with green leafy vegetables and the occasional piece of fruit and veg is sufficient to keep lovebird’s happy and healthy. Like all birds, they should not be fed chocolate, alcohol, avocado, onion and most herbs.

Fresh water should be constantly available and the water dish should be cleaned daily. Filtered water is the best option to prevent your bird’s exposure to harmful chemicals and metals present in some tap water.

Getting a Lovebird

Peach-faced lovebirds can be found in most good bird stores. Prices can range anywhere from $25 to $300 depending on quality, tameness and rarity. They can be kept without a permit in most countries, however it’s always a good idea to double-check with your local authorities.

Image Credits: Rosy-faced Lovebird by Tim Lenz

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