Lovebird, a member of a group of small parrots notable for the apparent affection they show each other. Couples rest their heads together and caress each other for hours on end. The birds grow to be about six inches (15 cm) long, and are commonly green, white, and gray. They are popular cage birds, requiring care similar to that given to canaries. Lovebirds are native to Africa and Madagascar. Typical species are Fischer's lovebird, shown at right, and the masked lovebird, shown in a color picture in the article Parrot.Lovebirds rest their heads together and caress each other for hours on end.
The most “romantic” parrots are lovebirds. Many types of lovebirds choose a mate and keep that mate for life. But there are other kinds of birds—swans, for example—that often mate for life, and we don’t call them lovebirds. Lovebirds earned their common name because of the affection mating lovebirds show their partners. A pair of mating lovebirds will often sit very close to each other and might spend hours each day caressing one another with their bills. The male may also feed his mate. These birds are so associated with cuddling that when a human couple behaves in an affectionate matter, we sometimes call them “lovebirds.”
You might think that pet lovebirds can only be kept in pairs. Although lovebirds are very social, it is not necessary to keep a pair. In fact, if only one bird is kept, it will probably form a closer bond to its keeper.
Lovebirds belong to the genus Agapornis of the parrot family, Psittacidae. Fischer's lovebird is Agapornis Fischeri; the masked lovebird, A. personata.