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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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l had a pair of Peach Faced lovebirds, as l was cleaning the cage the female flew off.. they were very close., we decided to get another partner... and happened to... (more)  Amy

   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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Amy - 2018-04-11
l had a pair of Peach Faced lovebirds, as l was cleaning the cage the female flew off.. they were very close., we decided to get another partner... and happened to find Dutch Blue Lovebird... they immediately got to like each other. Between them l had the joy of watching them courting, and rearing a large family of eight over. She was a wonderful mother. She died a few year ago... But l have tender memories of her and her family on my utube channel... where she is shared and remember for other people who often ask me question about rearing youngs... My channel is Amyart5 and you can watch the joy of the Lovebirds. There are several videos on my Lovebirds...

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Alexis - 2016-05-14
i already got one lovebird, should i get another one?

  • LaBrenda Herny - 2018-01-27
    Alexis, This is up to you. They are good alone as long as you interact w/ them. Can teach them to come out of their cage, Step up on your finger & or perch stick. Perch on your shoulder / pocket / head. it depends on how much you want to interact w/ your love bird. Getting two is something to think about. Do you know if you have a boy or girl? May need a towel over the bird if yo can not turn the bird over in your hand. One finger, feel around pelvic bone. Do the separate easy or are they more firm? Separate easy is a girl - firm is a boy. Have raised Love Birds for years and this can be tricky. Bought two girls, so I thought. Now two years later on their fourth clutch. Now w/ having one already you would be introducing another that were not raised together. If you get another house them together, but be ready to have another cage if they do not get along. E- mail if you would like to talk. labrendah@aol.com
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tailah - 2017-12-21
my sister has one and it looks sad so i was hoping to get a friend so i am 9 i will take good cear of it my sister sead she will help me so plz can i have it

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Dana - 2017-05-08
Hello, I would love to buy one of these love birds but a female only! Thank you!

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tailah - 2017-12-21
my sister has one and it looks sad so i was hoping to get a friend so i am 9 i will take good cear of it my sister sead she will help me so plz can i have it

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Dana - 2017-05-08
Hello, I would love to buy one of these love birds but a female only! Thank you!

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Mohammed Abdul Jabbar - 2015-08-28
Hi I want a Dutch blue love bird. If any one has plz mail on my Id with phone no

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

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