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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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I have a blue lovebird and her name is December. But she hasn't molded yet. So I'm afraid when she does she won't let me get her out of the cage. Will she be... (more)  kittenawesome02

   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.


   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.


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


   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.


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

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on Dutch Blue Lovebird

kittenawesome02 - 2015-02-17
I have a blue lovebird and her name is December. But she hasn't molded yet. So I'm afraid when she does she won't let me get her out of the cage. Will she be crabby, or stay my best bird? Help me pleaze!!!!!!! =)

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-02-18
    Your lovebird may feel somewhat defensive and fearful when it is molting because the process takes a lot of their energy. However you can make it more comfortable and less stressed during that time by providing it with quiet space, even partially covering the cage can help.
Ang Eileen - 2015-01-28
Please help me find a baby one (Dutch Blue Lovebird)

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.
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
Ang Eileen - 2015-01-28
Please help me find a baby one (Dutch Blue Lovebird)