Despite its tiny size, the Peach-faced Lovebird or Rosy-faced Lovebird is a feisty little bird with a big personality. It is known for being playful and inquisitive, as well as fiercely protective of its mate. In the wild, these birds form lifelong bonds and can often be seen working together to build their nests or forage for food.
The Peach-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis) is a small parrot native to the arid regions of Africa. A popular pet bird, it is known for its vibrant plumage and affectionate nature.
The history of the Peach-faced Lovebird dates back to the late 1700’s when they were first discovered in Africa. It is believed that they were introduced to Europe and North America in the mid to late 1800s, although it is unclear how this occurred. It is possible that they were brought over as pets by travellers or traders who had visited Africa.
Once they arrived in Europe and North America, the popularity of the Peach-faced Lovebird quickly grew. These charming little birds became popular pets among both royalty and commoners alike. In more recent years, the popularity of the Peach-faced Lovebird has continued to grow and these birds can now be found in homes all over the world.
|Do Peach-faced Lovebirds make good pets?||Peach-faced Lovebirds can make good pets. They are social birds and enjoy being around people. They tend to bond with a single person if hand-fed, or to a single other bird if kept in pairs.|
|Special needs?||The Peach-faced Lovebird is a fairly easy bird to care for. They do not have any special needs, but if kept alone without another lovebird as a pair, they will need a lot of attention and socialisation.|
|Common Health Issues & Considerations||While generally healthy, the Peach-faced Lovebird may be prone to:
● Respiratory problems
● Vitamin D and calcium deficiency
● Feather plucking
|Lifespan||15 to 20 years|
|Colours||Green, Rosy Peach|
40 to 60 grams
16 to 17 cm
|Suitable Cage||A Peach-faced Lovebird should be kept in a cage that is at least 18 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 24 inches high. The bar spacing of the cage should be no more than 1/2 inch. The cage should have two perches, one at each end, and a water dish. It should also have a few toys to keep the bird entertained.|
|Out of Cage Time||Peach-faced Lovebirds do not require out of cage time, but they benefit from it. Out of cage time gives them a chance to fly and explore, which helps keep them active and prevents boredom. It also provides them with mental stimulation and an opportunity to socialise with other birds. If you can provide your Lovebird with a safe out of cage area, it is recommended that you do so.|
● If you have other pets in the house, you will need to make sure that the Peach-faced Lovebird is comfortable with them. Birds can develop health problems when they are stressed.
● If you will have to leave your Peach-faced Lovebird at home, it’s best if they have a mate to keep them company.
● Peach-faced Lovebirds do not get along well with other bird species.
A pet Peach-faced Lovebird should have a diet that is made up of about 30% pellets, 30% fresh vegetables, 20% fresh fruit, and 20% seeds. The pellets should be made up of a variety of different grains, and the vegetables should include leafy greens, carrots, and celery. The fruit can be any type of fresh fruit, but it is important to make sure that the seeds are removed before feeding them to the bird.
Due to how small these birds are, it’s important to ensure that the food they receive is appropriately sized to their beaks. Shredded or mashed food is usually best.
Entertainment and Enrichment
The Peach-faced Lovebird is a small, active bird that needs a lot of stimulation to stay healthy and happy. A good way to provide this is to give them plenty of toys to play with, as well as perches and other places to explore. It’s also important to give them access to fresh air and sunlight, as they love to sun themselves.
As far as enrichment goes, the Peach-faced Lovebird enjoys interacting with their human companions. This can be in the form of simple petting or playing games together. They also like to have their heads scratched and will often preen their owner’s hair or clothes.
The best way to exercise a Peach-faced Lovebird is to let it out of its cage for some supervised playtime. Lovebirds are very active birds and love to explore, so providing your bird with some time outside of its cage will help it stay healthy and fit. You can also give your bird some toys to play with, such as swings, ladders, and perches. Just make sure that the toys are safe for your bird and that they are properly secured so that your bird cannot escape.
This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.
It is best to bathe your lovebird weekly. However, if you do not have the time to do this, you can bathe your bird every other week.
Peach-faced Lovebirds need around 10 hours of sleep every night. If they do not get enough sleep, they may become cranky and start to pluck out their feathers.
If you are searching for a Peach-faced Lovebird for sale, it’s important to only deal with reputable breeders. The average cost of a Peach-faced Lovebird for sale will be between AUD $50 and $150. Rarer specimens with different colours may cost significantly more.