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Peach-faced Lovebird

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Family: Psittacidae Peach-faced Lovebird PictureYoung Peach-faced LovebirdsAgapornis roseicollisPhoto Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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we had a small peach bird. . his name was tingshi but he died we missed him so much...  aroosa

   The Peach-faced Lovebird is a beautiful 'pocket parrot'. They come in a variety of colors and are the most commonly kept lovebirds!

   The Peach-faced Lovebirds are one of three lovebird species that are very popular, affectionate, and readily available. The others are the Masked Lovebird and the Fischer's Lovebird varieties.

   If you obtain a hand-raised Peach-faced Lovebird you will have an incredibly affectionate friend. It is a most playful, intelligent, and amusing little bird. This small parrot is also an excellent beginners bird; being relatively hardy, easy to care for, a willing breeder, and reasonably priced.

   The Peach-faced 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

Subspecies: Agapornis roseicollis roseicollis
Agapornis roseicollisi catumbella    There are over a dozen mutations of the Peach-fronted Lovebird. Some of them include yellow mutations such as the Lutino Lovebird and the cinnamon lovebirds; the pied mutations that began with a stunning contrast between the yellows and greens; blue mutations such as the Dutch Blue Lovebird and the Whitefaced Blue Lovebird; olive mutations; and from crossings of these has produced multiple color combinations to form many new varieties.

Distribution:    The Peach-faced Lovebird is native to southwest Africa in Nambia and southwest Angola. They inhabit dry areas with shrubs or trees bordering forests, usually near bodies of water.
   There are two Peach-faced Lovebird subspecies, the first being A. r. roseicollis which is thought to have been found in about 1817. The other A. r. catumbella was not discovered until 1955 and is distinguished from the first species by it's brighter greens and more pronounced red coloring.

Description:    The Peach-fronted Lovebird is a very small member of the parrot family, but is greatly admired for it's striking coloration. They have a general green plumage with more yellowish under parts. The forehead to behind the eyes, cheeks, throat, and upper breast are a rose-pink, being reddest on the head. The feathers of the rump and onto the upper tail are bright blue, and the tail also has occasional orange and black markings. The eye is dark brown, the beak is horn colored with a tinge of light green, and the legs are gray.
   The young have grayish-green feathers in the plumage. The rose-pink in front is paler and they don't have red on the forehead. The beak is often marked with some black. They acquire their adult plumage at about 4 months.

Size - Weight:    Though they are the largest of the lovebird species, the Peach-faced Lovebird will only 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.
   In the wild the Peach-faced Lovebird eats seeds and berries as well as agricultural crops, especially maize and millets. As a 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:    In the wild they are seen in small flocks, and occasionally larger flocks when feeding in ripening crop fields.
   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 Peach-faced Lovebird is excellent for the beginning breeder. These birds will breed as either single pairs or in colonies, but they are much more prone to fighting in a colony setting so must be given plenty of space and more nest boxes than there are pairs of birds. In the wild these birds nest in crevices of cliffs or buildings, or take over the communal nests of weavers. 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. The female will carry the nesting materials between her 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 Peach-faced Lovebird is very popular and is readily available.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on Peach-faced Lovebird

aroosa - 2014-07-21
we had a small peach bird. . his name was tingshi but he died we missed him so much...

Anna Rega of Virginia - 2011-07-11
Some friends grew tired of their lovebird, and offered him to me, first week of December 2009. His name is Rainbow and they said he was appox 5yrs old. I wasn't sure what to do with him, knowing very little about LoveBirds. I knew he had lived in a small cage for most of those 5yrs. He was always very quiet in his former owners house. Today! Rainbow (aka) Rambo is sitting on my shoulder. He is the "ruler of my home". He is my loyal companion and "my boss". He has bitten my daughter and grandkids as how dare they sit on his couches next to me his queen!(when family visits I place him in his cage, safe for everyone) I open his cage door first thing in the morning and he flys to his *hat* does his little male bird eek eek and then he comes to me. From drinking water from my hand to taking shower/baths with me...falling into the washing mechine ...flying off my shoulder on my front porch to the wide blue yander and then coming back to my head (I almost had heartfailure) to bitting my lip and flapping his wings in my face when I try to nap. He steps up on my hand when it's time for him to go nite nite. He has even put himself to bed when I was on the computer too long. I love this little, funny and demanding bird. What a gift from God he was.

  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    The right bird with the right owner is a wonderous thing. I so wish more would/could have the experience.
  • karen kopchak - 2013-05-12
    I adopted Ziggy, now 2yrs old from my daughter. He is just like your Rambo. I accidently knocked him into the dryer while getting clothes and he now flies into the refridgerator. Got pictures! And he is a cuddler. The not-so-nice behavior her exhibits also. Little stinker gave me a fat lip from a nip. Try telling yours friends that one. He also likes to ride the oscillating fan in my room and the ceiling fan in my girlfriends house. I move, and he's on me in a flash. In many ways, Ziggy is like having a flying two year old in the house. Helping out my daughter turned out to be the gift that just keeps on giving.
  • joanie - 2013-05-17
    My Tweedy boy was the love of my life, my best friend gave him to me also in June 2009, for my Birthday. She said she thought he might be 4 or 5 years old. he took to me as if he knew me forever, We brushed our teeth and beak every morning, then we would have breakfast. Tweedy didn't care men to much, he'd give them a got bit, tweet's as I called him love the dogs if they bark he would try and do the same. He loved to play basket ball with his water bowels. we were enjoying then evening TV watching and play time, I put him to bed, I woke the next morning to find him with his rubber pet pup, he had passed away. MY heart is broken still don't know why he dead? I don't no if I should get another one I hurt so bad, don't want another to take his place or just get a different bird altogether? LOVED YOU TWEEDY SO MUCH. THANKS TO ALL FOR LISTENING TO ME GO ON.
YVONNE NAIRN - 2010-07-25
My mama love bird just died 2 days ago after i took away an egg. She had 3 young of which 2 are alive and healthy. Since then she has laid about 10 eggs all of which i have taken away. I have since learned that i should shake the eggs and let her sit on them. But she lay down and lifted her rear end and papa tried pecking where the eggs come out over and over and then he tried to open her beak. After about one hour i put her on a soft cloth like when they were babies and she died in 5 minutes. I am heart broken. We buried her in the garden. Papa really mourned her for the past 2 days and now he and the 2 younger ones are fighing all day long. Papa has never let me near him but the 2 younger ones walk on my arms while i am cage cleaning and nibble at my fingers gently etc. What could i have done to save mama? I feel like i killed her somehow.

  • Bev - 2010-09-27
    It sounds as though she became egg bound. I have had several different species that have been egg bound including a lovebird and I have found putting them in warm water seems to relieve them also putting a drop of olive oil on her vent. Another solution would be to have taken her to a vet immediately.
Anonymous - 2014-06-12
Hello there I'm glad I find your site i have baby lovebird and I'm starting to give them away. But I'm not sure about you of them there mother and father are peach faced 3 of them are peach face but 2 are not 1 is blueish gray and the other one is lite Green with orange under is neck his got blue feathers on is back side but is Tail are red. Question is what do I have with these/2 I took pic of them if you Need to see them. Thank you toni

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    There's no problem with giving the two more pastel colored ones away as well. The Peachfaced Lovebird has been heavily bred in captivity, and many  color mutations have been developed. But these color forms are just as hardy and wonderful as natural colored birds.
Krizia Armie Dela Cruz - 2012-02-28
Hi! I have Lutino(female) Lovebird and a peach-faced(male). Last week my lutino lovebird laid eggs, unfortunately the peach-faced bird escape from the cage yesterday. The lutino bird is the only one incubating the eggs. Can the eggs be fertile if the lutino lovebird only incubates the eggs? Is possible that if I will buy a new male bird he will incubates the eggs?

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-28
    Whether the eggs are fertile or not depends on whether the male and female successfully mated. Possibly the eggs are fertile and will hatch with just the female - but possibly not. The first couple of clutches are usually free as it takes mom and dad a little time toknow what they are doing. Purchasing a male to help the female sit the eggs - it is very doubtful that will help the situation and he just might break the eggs. Let her sit them and if they are fertile possibly she will feed them. If not hatched in about 20 - 25 days just remove them. Otherwise let her sit them. You don't want her to attempt to lay another clutch right away. After a few weeks (whether the eggs hatch or not) would be a better time to bring in another male.
  • Krizia Armie Dela Cruz - 2012-02-28
    okay, thank you so much.
  • Hari krishna - 2014-06-11
    Yeah its for sure it happened to me once but the bird didnt escaped it died
imran - 2014-03-04
I have a lutino female lovebird and a peached face male lovebird. It seems the male is having a hard time mating with the female, what I mean is male peach faced lovebirds are smaller then lutino females right?

  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-06
    In general female lovebirds are larger than males, no mater which type of lovebird they are. Different types of lovebirds can mate with each other, but it is possible your pair is having specific problems.
  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-06
    Female lovebirds are generally larger than males in all types of lovebirds. Different types of lovebirds can usually mate with each other, but yours may have some specific problem.

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