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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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Hi I have just got my 2 6 mth old peach faced love birds. The female stays in the breeding box all the time and attacks the male when he tries to go in or approach... (more)  fiona

   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

fiona - 2015-09-24
Hi I have just got my 2 6 mth old peach faced love birds. The female stays in the breeding box all the time and attacks the male when he tries to go in or approach her, she even ripped his feathers. He is broody but she doesnt want to know. Is this normal?? Fiona

Sophie - 2015-08-15
Hi I'm 13 and I'm thinking of getting a lovebird and I was wondering do I get a pair of Dutch blue lovebirds or just a single one oh and live at my mums every other day and sometimes I'm not there for 4 days do I still get a love bird?

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-08-21
    Lovebirds are very social, and will do their best with a companion, especially since you're going to be in and out. They should be fine with that as long as there is someone to take care of them.
  • Ilana - 2015-09-10
    I'm 13 also and I have a Dutch Blue named Rain. She chirps when she's lonely, but she is independent, and is in no pair. When you put them in pairs, they will be ,ore loving to their friend/mate, so be careful. As long as your mom doesn't mind taking the bird out and buy it feed, it will be fine :) Remember, turn off the fans so if it flies, nothing bad happens and keep away from cats and dogs, and larger animals.
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

Maria - 2015-07-20
7 years ago I was given a female Dutch blue. She was the 'runt of the litter' with a leg issue and some other issues they said she would not live very long. She now is a happy heathy bird who loves to cuddle and kiss. You cab see she has some mental problems as she acts very different from the other 2 love birds I have. ( a 10 year old male peach face and a 3 year old male Dutch blue) she is just a love. Every time I bring her to get her nails clipped they are amazed at how healthy she is. My male Dutch blue is a clown. I've had lovebirds for many years but none before have ever honked like a toy. He lovestablished to cuddle with his toys but is a love outside of the cage. Only if you growl at him and play rough with him first. Love birds are amazing not too loud, not to messy and a ton of love and fun.

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

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