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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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Why does the male love bird regurgitate its food and feed the female?  shelley

   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
Lastest Animal Stories on Dutch Blue Lovebird

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

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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
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.

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amanda - 2013-05-28
I have a dutch blue male and a green original female and i have had 9 young from them since early last year and all are doing fine. I have pick up a new peach face that i think is female. She has an orange head and yellow body starting at the neck and progressing to lime green down the body. The wings have grey edging and she also has a deep red beck and red just above the beck. What i am trying to find out is if can i put her into the aviary with the dutch blue male and the green female. She also has a white ring around the eyes. Will this cause problems with the other birds as there is 3 nesting boxes and the green peach face has another egg in one of them and the 4 babies are now out and about feeding themselves and playing. Could someone let me know what i have got and are they compatible together, as i love my birds and don't want them fighting. thanks. . . .? ? ?

  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-31
    It sounds like you have obtained a member of the 'eye-ring group' of African Lovebirds. This group is made up of four separate and distinct species: the Masked Lovebirds (Agapornis personata), the Fischer's Lovebirds (Agapornis fischeri), the Black-cheeked Lovebirds (Agapornis nigrigenis) and the Nyasa Lovebirds (Agapornis lilianae).

    The 'eye-ring group' has distinct characteristics that make them similar in appearance to each other, but distinct from the others such as your Peach-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis). These characteristics are an eye-ring, a red beak, and a green body. I would suggest you look at the Fishcher's lovebird for identification of you new friend, as it doesn't sound like yours has a mask and the Fishcher's is a fairly common species in the trade.

    You have an established Peach-faced pair, plus another 4 (or 9?) offspring in the aviary. Though introducing this species into the aviary with the Peach-faced family may work, there could be fights. As an aside... these two species have been known to interbreed but it is frowned upon. Also it is said that the resulting offspring will not reproduce and are unable to build a proper nest.
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Cris - 2010-07-10
Hi, I have a Dutch blue and a black masked lovebird, I want to know how many eggs they lay and when/how to hatch them; please reply me.

  • Wayne and Loraine King - 2010-08-03
    They lay 3-6 eggs. If they hatch (assuming the male and female have successfully mated), the eggs will hatch in about 18-20 days. If one of these birds is a male and the other a female, and they have mated, the eggs may or may not be fertile as these are two different species. We do not recommend mating across species as you end up with hybrids which are neither Peach Face nor Black Masked and, often the colors are not as desirable as either parent.
  • catrine meem - 2010-08-12
    The dutch blue must be sooo cute.
  • Gemma - 2010-11-21
    Cris, I would recommend that you not breed your birds. First of all, laying eggs can be very dangerous for birds. We had a wonderful, healthy, friendly goose called Daisy - one day a egg broke inside her and she died in two hours. The same can happen with Lovebirds. Secondly, I would ask that you only breed Lovebirds of the same type (Dutch Blue w/ Dutch Blue, Black Masked w/ Black Masked, etc) to keep the species pure. And lastly - thousands of birds are homeless because there simply isn't enough good homes for all of them. Please be responsible and don't breed.
  • Cris - 2013-03-17
    Thank you for your replies but they turned out to be both females and they had large variety off eggs. Also, Gemma my grandmother gave me this pair like that, one night we saw the pair bieng private & they turned out to be laying eggs. UNFORTUNATELY THEY BOTH PASSED AWAY THE FOLLOWING MONTHS........ PS. THE EGGS NEVER HATCHED AS THEY WERE POSSIBLY NEVER FERTILIZED BY A MALE
  • Cris - 2013-03-17
    CAN SOMEBODY LIST A GOOD LOVEBIRD PAIR UP TO BREED???? If so then which pairs would make good combination??? NOTE: I DON'T WANT TO MAKE INTENTIONAL BREEDING, I JUST WANT TO KNOW FOR FUTURE REFERENCE...... THNX. IT WOULD HELP ALOT... :)
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