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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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Just curious,does anyone know why our 3 year old lovebird hates it when I close my eyes? She will bug me until I open them. When my hubby falls asleep on the couch,... (more)  jasmine

   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
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jasmine - 2015-10-02
Just curious,does anyone know why our 3 year old lovebird hates it when I close my eyes? She will bug me until I open them. When my hubby falls asleep on the couch, she jumps on his hand for a scritch but not me, she nips at my face or puts her foot up on it.

sameer dusmahomef - 2015-07-18
Hi there. I have recently bought a young pair of lovebird. Its the peached one. Its been 4 days from now that both fled away from an opening in the cage. After the first day one them returned. But is very lonely. Am still waiting that perhaps the second may return. Can you advice me or help me please?

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-07-23
    I sure hope your other one returns to, but a lot of times when bird get free, they don't always return. If your other one returns great... but if it doesn't return, you may want to try and introduce another lovebird, as these birds are extremely social and really need the companionship.
  • Gary - 2015-09-23
    Where are you located? I am in Yorba Linda, CA and a single Peach Faced Lovebird has shown up on or about Sept 20, 2015 Gary
  • Gary Johnson - 2015-09-23
    A Peach faced Love Bird showed up in our yard about Sept 20, 2015. We are near Disneyland, CA. Apparently the bird likes the eats here as it hangs around here all the time and is scaring off our Pin Tailed Wydah. Gary
Suzette - 2015-09-23
I rescued 5 peach faced lovebirds from a man who was giving them away at the curb of his house about 2 weeks ago because 'they were too messy' and 'kept having babies!' The man didn't tell me anything about the birds except, as I was wheeling the cage away, that 'there is a baby in the nest' and that 'the mother had died.' It was a very bizarre exchange and I was totally unprepared for taking them but I was unwilling to walk away and leave them on the curb overnight. I found the baby in a nest box to be almost fully feathered and in pretty good shape. He also said that the father was feeding the baby, which I also found to be true. The baby has since fledged two days ago and is coming out of the nest for a several minutes every so often now, eating from the food bowls. The other three birds seem to be juveniles and possibly siblings, maybe even the offspring of the baby's father. They all seem to give way to the Father, as he protects and feeds the fledgling. My question is about separating the birds. Are the 3 other birds a bit of a threat to the fledgling? It seems the father is almost constantly intervening on who is allowed near the fledgling. The Father and Fledgling are very close, but he seems a tiny bit adversarial with the others. Is that normal? Today for the first time, two others seemed to be intent on inspecting the nest box while the baby was in it. It is located on the floor of the cage and there are no other nest boxes in the cage. Are they looking to use the nest box themselves? Will they hurt the baby if given a chance? Should I perhaps remove the Fledgling and the Father to a cage of their own or move the three to a different cage? Should I remove the nest box soon or allow the baby to have access to it as long as he/she wants it? I know nothing about Lovebirds except the general information I have read online and the few people I have consulted with since taking the birds. I am not sure if 5 birds in one rather large cage is ok or is a disaster waiting to happen. They all do squabble quite a bit but work it out and get along too. The pairings seems to be of Father and Fledgling, and of one of whom I call 'The Twins' (because I can't differentiate them) with another darker redhead. The Other Twin usually sits alone. Any advice you can give me about these lovely birds is much appreciated.

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-09-23
    If you have an aviary type set-up that offers a lot of space, they can be kept in a colony. They will still pair up, usually for life.  In too small a cage, you may find birds (often pairs) fiercely quarreling with other birds. If you plan on breeding in an aviary setting, then you need more nest boxes then you have pairs (like 2 per pair) or again you will find them quarreling.

    I would remove the nest box, and if necessary move the father/baby to their own cage until the bird is weaned. But, being fully feathered, there's a good chance the baby is about weaned already.
Maria - 2015-07-20
I've had my peach face since I was 9 years old he is now over 10. He was a baby when we met and he has been my love ever since. He is still extremely active and loves to be on a shoulder. His best friend is a cocktail the two are very close and always watch out for each other. He is very sweet with everyone n very rarely bites he loves millet and crackers. He is pretty quite and a little acrobat he loves to be upside down, flip through swings, and go up his ladder upside down. He is the best lovebird I have ever seen and is extremely beautiful. I've heard they live past 20 years I hope he makes it longer than that.

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