A lovebird might be one of the smaller parrot species available as a companion pet, but this bird is inquisitive and seemingly always on the go. As their name suggests, lovebirds are known for the loving, attentive bond they tend to form with their mates.
The Madagascar Lovebird weighs about 25 – 36 grams (0.8 – 1.3 oz) and has an average length of 13 – 14 cm (5 – 5.5 inches) – including its tail. It is the smallest of the lovebird genus – except for the Black-collared Lovebird found on mainland Africa which even though it has the same length is somewhat bulkier.
Its beak, legs and feet are pale grey. The irises are dark green. This is a sexually dimorphic lovebird species, with distinct visual differences – the male can easily be identified by his grey upper body, while the female is all green.
- Back and Wings are dark green
- Head and chest: whitish or light grey
- Tail: black markings on the tail
- Lacks the gray patch on her forehead. She is entirely green, with a dark green back and wings. She has a bright green rump and a paler green chest.
- They look like adults, except the male’s grey head is washed with green. The beak is yellow with black at the base.
- Madagascar Lovebirds are excellent flyers that can develop high speeds pretty quickly.
Care & Feeding
Like most birds, lovebirds love to exercise and require the largest cage that your budget and space can afford. Lovebirds that are cooped up in a small cage and never given any freedom tend to become neurotic and can develop self-mutilating habits. Toys are a must for these active parrots. Keep in mind that lovebirds are strong chewers, so choose toys that can stand up to chewing without causing a hazard. With proper care and a well-balanced diet, a lovebird can live between 12 and 15 or more years.