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Dutch Blue Lovebird

Dutch Blue Lovebird, Dutch Blue Peach-faced Lovebird

Family: Psittacidae "Melody" a Dutch Blue LovebirdAgapornis roseicollisPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy: Shakara
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We just bought 2 Dutch Blue Lovebirds last Friday, 3/25/11 and overnight one of them died, the shop is giving us another but how am I assured that they will take to... (more)  Larry Wheelock

   A hand-raised Dutch Blue Lovebird is extremely affectionate and playful. They are an excellent bird for a beginner as they are friendly, hardy, and easy to care for! 

   The Dutch Blue Lovebird is a beautiful blue mutation of the Peach-faced Lovebird, and runs a close second in popularity to the lovely Lutino Lovebird, a yellow mutation of the Peach-faced. This little bird has all the wonderful charm and characteristics of the Peach-faced, being active, playful, and amusing. They are intelligent little birds and make a wonderful companion and friend.

   The Dutch Blue Lovebirds are very social and love companionship. Their natural behavior is to live closely with a companion so are often kept with another lovebird. Though they make a very fine and affectionate pet when hand-raised, they will need a lot of attention if kept singly. Most are kept in pairs to satisfy their considerable need for constant companionship, mutual preening, and socialization.

Dr. Jungles says...  Melody is as pretty as a song!

Here's what Shakara says about her pet..."Melody loves to try new toys and meet new people. She is very sociable and smart...She climbs to my shoulder (she's even on it as I type this) and it's her favorite hangout. She is so tame and friendly towards people. ...She loves to climb and hang on things."

 

For more information and the care of Lovebirds see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Lovebird


Geographic Distribution
Agapornis roseicollis
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Genus: Agapornis
  • Species: roseicollis

Scientific Name:

Agapornis roseicollis var.

Description:


   The Dutch Blue Lovebird is a mutation of the Peach-faced Lovebird. It is very similar to the Whitefaced Blue Lovebird as both these birds have a reduced amount of the red and yellow pigments in their feathers.
   The Dutch Blue Lovebird, which originated in Holland in about 1963, can be distinguished from the Whitefaced Blue as it has a slightly creamy colored face and a solid orange band across the forehead. While the Whitefaced Blue Lovebird, originating in the early 1980's, has a pure white face and only a faint (if any) orange tinge to it's forehead. Both birds have greenish-blue in the general plumage and bright blue feathers on the rump and onto the upper part of the tail.
   Another mutation that is very similar to the Dutch Blue Lovebird is the Seagreen Lovebird. It is half Dutch Blue and half Whitefaced Blue and has essentially the same head and facial coloration as the Dutch Blue, but has a more greenish general plumage.

Size - Weight:


   The Dutch Blue Lovebird will get up to about 6" - 7" (16 - 18 cm) in length.

Care and feeding:


   A roomy cage is required as lovebirds are very active. If you have a tame pet that is kept in a small cage, it needs to be let out for extended periods to fly about. Your pet they will enjoy a variety of seeds, fruits, vegetables, and commercial pellets.
   See About Lovebirds: Housing and About Lovebirds: Care and Feeding for more information.

Social Behaviors:


   A lovebird is a very social bird with it's companion, and it is generally thought to be essential for their good health and happiness that they be kept in pairs rather than singly. They can, however, be aggressive towards other birds in an aviary setting.

Activities:

   Loves to fly, climb, and play. Provide lots of room and lots of toys.

Breeding/Reproduction:


   The Dutch Blue Lovebird is excellent for the beginning breeder. These birds will breed well in either colonies or in a single pair, and have the same behaviors as the Peach-faced Lovebird. When you provide them with a nest box, be sure to also provide lots of willow twigs, palm fronds, or other nesting materials as they will build a small nest of their own inside of the nest box. They will carry the nesting materials between their back and rump feathers.
   The hen will lay four to five eggs which are incubated for about 23 days. The young fledge (leave the nest) in about 30 to 38 days but will still be dependent until about 43 days. When they become independent, remove the young to their own housing.
    See About Lovebirds: Breeding/Reproduction for more information on breeding.

Potential Problems:

   This bird has a moderate but metallic shriek and can be somewhat noisy for parts of the day.
   See About Lovebirds: Potential Problems for information on illnesses.

Availability:


  The Dutch Blue Lovebird is very popular and is readily available.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
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Larry Wheelock - 2011-03-29
We just bought 2 Dutch Blue Lovebirds last Friday, 3/25/11 and overnight one of them died, the shop is giving us another but how am I assured that they will take to each other. These last 2 were cuddling on a perch when we covered them for the night and the remaining bird has been playful and very active since, we are showing him/her lots of attention but are still worried that the new one might not get along with the 1st bird. The shop owner told us he is giving us a bird from the same group, both of our birds were still babies when we got them, thanks Larry and Toni

  • Editor's Note - 2011-03-29
    There is no guarantee that two love birds will love. However, it would be doubtful that they wouldn't learn to like each other, play together and grow to love each other. My concern here would be why the original love bird died. Could there have been agression? Is it possible that one of the two lovebirds were ill?
  • Wendy - 2014-08-22
    It is never a good idea to cover them. Some birds have night frights, this can cause them to flap around wildly and injure themselves because they cannot see. This is especially dangerous with birds new to their environment.
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KATHERINE - 2008-02-26
My little Dutch Blue is named Kiwi. She talks! I have had her since she was just 6 or 7 weeks old. Bought her from a breeder and finished hand feeding. She is single and I work at home so she can be out and with me at the computer whenever we want to socialize. She is as gentle as a lamb and is currently on a few eggs despite my efforts to avoid this. She allows me to feed her on the nest small bites of nuts, fresh veggies and bits of cheese from my fingers. She loves to crawl up my sweatshirt sleeve and come out the neck while saying "Kiwi, Kiwi, Kiwi". Amazingly, she doesn't scream or shriek at all. I have hand raised exotic birds for 28 years and this little girl is quite exceptional. I believe any animal is affected by the owner and recommend this type of pet to one who is patient and gentle. Quiet surroundings help and other people must not tease the little guys either. I hope Kiwi is around for 20 years or more.

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shelley - 2014-03-25
Why does the male love bird regurgitate its food and feed the female?

  • carrie ann - 2014-07-25
    They are falling in luv
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shelley - 2014-03-25
I just got two love birds, a male and female, does anyone know why the male regurgitates its food and feeds the female? I have noticed this happens about 2 times a day. And also how do I know when they are going to have babies? Thanks.

  • Kory D Stone - 2014-07-10
    Hi Shelley, I'm not sure if you ever got an answer about why your lovies are feeding each other... It is a bonding ritual, basically means they are falling in bird love. To know when your birds will start laying put newspaper in the cage where the birds can get ahold of it. The female will start tearing it into strips and tucking these strips into their feathers to take back to the nest. Hope this helps. FYI, research needed for the nutrition for breeding birds, it is very important if they do not have the extra calcium/protein/vit A/etc. your female can become egg bound or end up with a prolapse that very well may kill her. 
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Dee - 2014-06-26
My nephew found my lovebird on his apartment balcony and since he had a cat, asked me if I wanted it. I've never had a bird before but he was so friendly I couldn't say no. He was awesome, spent a lot of time with me when I was home and never bit me. While my house was being renovated I left my sister and her husband take care of him. At first he was Greg but now he bites all the time. I come to visit, take him out of his cage, pet him for a minute and then the biting begins! Is there anything I can do??? Plus yesterday he started shredding the newspaper on the bottom of 'his' cage and stuffing it in his back feathers! What's that all about? Thank you in advance for any help out there!!!

  • Paul - 2014-06-28
    Your bird is not a him it's a her and when you care for them and put them in someone else's care it shows them they're not wanted by you anymore and they start to get defensive. And if the bird is putting paper or twigs on her rump she is beginning to make a nest.
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