Lovebirds

Lovebirds are one of the most popular pet parrot species, and for those who are familiar with them, it's no surprise. Beautiful and intelligent, these little birds have been one of the most beloved types of African parrot for over 100 years. However, there are a lot of myths out there about Lovebirds, their behaviour, and what it's like to keep them as pets.

While they are true parrots, Lovebirds are one of the smallest members of the parrot family. On average, most Lovebirds fall between 12-17cm in length at maturity when measured from the beak to the end of the tailfeathers. Their small size has worked to push their popularity among those who live in apartments and other small spaces. Many of these bird lovers have found it easier to house and care for these little birds instead of attempting to keep a larger parrot species. 

It is a widely purported myth that you should never own a solitary Lovebird and that if they are not kept in pairs they will die of depression. While it is true that they are extremely social birds who thrive on interaction and must be socially stimulated, in many cases, it is actually better for bird owners to keep single Lovebirds. This is because birds kept in pairs tend to bond with each other and shun human interaction. Those who would like their bird to be affectionate and open to being handled by human hands have found that it's best to keep birds by themselves and devote as much time as possible to playing and socialising with them so that their needs are met.

Other species to consider

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Parrotlets

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Purple Crowned Lorikeet

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Green Cheeked Conure

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