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Lutino Lovebird

Lutino Peach-faced Lovebird

Family: PsittacidaeA pair of Lutino Peach-faced LovebirdsPair of Lutino LovebirdsAgapornis roseicollisPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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I have yellow red headed lotion love bird pair since 4 ,5 month back they have become completed (child to adult) but still no egg ....I would like to no how and... (more)  salwa

   The Lutino Peach-faced Lovebird, with it's golden yellow plumage and it's peachie face, is said by many to be the most beautiful of all lovebirds!

   The most popular mutation of Peach-faced Lovebird is the Lutino Lovebird, followed closely in popularity by the beautiful Dutch Blue Lovebird. Both of these birds have 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 Lutino Lovebird makes a great beginner bird as they are relatively hardy, easy to care for, and will readily breed. A hand-raised Lutino Lovebird is an incredibly affectionate and fun companion. As they are quite intelligent and aware, even an untamed lovebird will watch it's caretaker with curiosity and readily interact. They are also very brave little birds, and like a child, much be supervised carefully when out of their cage to make sure they don't get themselves into trouble.

   The Lutino 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.

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 Lutino Lovebird, a particularly striking bird with an overall yellow coloring and a bright red face, is a mutation of the Peach-faced Lovebird. The lutino mutation is a sex-linked gene. It acts by removing removing all of the melanin, the dark pigment, from the bird while the pigments of yellow and red are uneffected.
   There are two other sex-linked mutations which work to partially remove or dilute the melanin. They are called cinnamon, or sometimes 'fallow'. The darker of the two is the American cinnamon and can be described as a light green. The other is the Australian cinnamon, which is a very light greenish-yellow.

Size - Weight:    The Lutino 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 Lutino 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 Lutino Lovebird is very popular and is readily available.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on Lutino Lovebird

salwa - 2014-01-17
I have yellow red headed lotion love bird pair since 4 ,5 month back they have become completed (child to adult) but still no egg ....I would like to no how and when they will start to lay egg????

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-18
    It may be that they are simply too young. Lovebirds need to be at least 10 months old, though 12 to 13 months is better. To learn more about this see All About Lovebirds: Breeding/Reproduction
  • Slawa - 2014-03-13
    My lutino laid eggs but duration between 1st and 2nd was 5 days. It's the first time it laid an egg.
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Joan - 2005-10-01
Our lutino, Beaker, was hand raised in 1990. He's very sweet and beautiful. He has been known to chew the edges off an expensive paper lampshade and also the gilt off an antique picture frame! After that, we learned our lesson and keep his wings slightly clipped so he will stay on our shoulder. He goes outside with us, loves the garden dirt, goes nuts for fresh raspberries, and screeches shrilly at other birds. He becomes very agitated if we walk away from him. While in the care of a friend, he watched their female bird shred paper for her nest. Now his favorite pasttime is shredding paper, in cage or out! He also lifts the moveable doors on his cage and lets them smash down. This he does over and over w/o giving up as his signal that he wants to come out. It can become quite annoying!
One thing: the lovebird DOES NEED COMPANIONSHIP!! He will get sick w/o it; we learned this the hard way. He became neurotic and began chewing his back end, pulling out the feathers until he was bald and raw! We had to love him back to health and now make a point of always touching him and letting him out on our shoulder. We wear a towel clipped with a clothespin to keep our shirt clean, and after he has been loved, he nestles in our neck or under our chin. While on our shoulder he eats our human food and takes frequent drinks of water. He loves a water bath and takes one every day with his cool, fresh water.

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devindrac - 2006-01-27
I have many african lovebirds but lutinos remains my favourite,and my doubt whether to keep them in colonies or not is also solved, thanks for the information

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Laura Toth - 2005-10-04
Love your site. Thanks for info on Lutino Peach Faced Lovebirds - My favorites!

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jai - 2014-02-25
I have a Dutch blue lovebird male and a Lutino female. Every time my Lutino lays eggs they do not hatch.The has been happening for the past year or so.What could be the problem?

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    It could be that you have 2 females, with one laying the eggs and the other acting 'male'. Lovebird eggs hatch in approximately 20-24 days, but if this is the case, then they are infertile and will end up looking a grey color.
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