9 Types of Lovebirds (With Photos)

As days seem longer and you think of creative ways to add a bit of excitement to your life, consider adopting a parrot.

Adopting a parrot is one of the most rewarding and exhilarating things a person can do, plus it’s a lot easier than you might realize.

As long as you take the time necessary to go through and see which parrot is best suited for you, you’ll be able to pinpoint precisely what species is the perfect combo for you.

Remember to keep factors such as your living situation and budget as the two primary reasons for which parrot you consider.

Still, it’s vital to note that there are 350 different species of parrots in the world, meaning there’s plenty of parrots available for you to consider adopting.

As great as it’d be to discuss every species of parrot, that’d take a lengthy post to do so.

Instead, let’s discuss lovebirds and the nine different species of lovebirds that you can adopt.

Keep in mind, only a few of these lovebirds are available as pets because of their availability, it’s still worth highlighting their differences and what makes each species unique to their own.

No matter what lovebirds you end up adopting, it’s essential to know the differences and similarities between the nine species.

Nevertheless, down below, let’s discuss aspects such as their features, personality, where they’re native to, and lifespan.

By the end of it, you’ll have a wide range of information related to lovebirds for you to take a deeper dive on.

Without further ado, let’s get started!


Rosy-Faced Lovebird

As you can imagine by the name of a Rosy-Faced Lovebird, they’re one of the most unique and compelling lovebird species due to their peach-colored face.

Besides their face, their body is almost entirely green and tends to vary slightly in shade depending on their sex.

They’re native to Southwestern Africa and are most prominently found in the Namib Desert.

As for their lifespan, they typically live around 12 to 15 years, meaning they don’t have too long of a time on this planet, unfortunately.

Like many other lovebirds, they’re very small and are 5 to 6 inches in length while only weighing 1.5 to 2 ounces.

Personality-wise, they’re alert and mischievous despite what their compact size might infer.

Because of their small size, expect them to be escape experts when it comes to their surroundings and showing interest in what’s around them.

Fischer’s Lovebird

If you see a Rosy-Faced Lovebird next to a Fischer’s Lovebird, it might be challenging to tell the difference between them.

However, if you look hard enough, a Fischer’s Lovebird is more multi-colored around its head.

Natively, Fischer’s Lovebirds come from North-Central Tanzania and inhabit grasslands, woodlands, savannahs, and scrub forests.

Like many other lovebirds, they, unfortunately, have a lifespan of only 12 to 15 years, so make sure you give everything they deserve during their short life.

They’re usually 5 to 6 inches in length and weigh 1 to 1.7 ounces.

As for their personality, Fischer’s Lovebirds have plenty of energy, making them extremely lively and perfect to be around a large family that wants to show affection and have fun.

Although their energetic, they tend to be a bit gentler, making them great to be around children.

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Yellow-Collared Lovebird

A Yellow-Collared Lovebird is a lovebird with a green body, yellow neck, and a dark face.

Their beak is usually a shade of red, but their yellow collar is their most dominating feature, thus why they’re named the way they are.

They’re native to Northeast Tanzania and have been introduced to Burundi and Kenya.

Yellow-Collared Lovebirds can live a touch longer than the previous lovebirds on this list by having an expected lifespan of 10 to 20 years.

They’re usually 5.5 inches in length and weigh around 1.5 to 2 ounces, making them in the same size range as the other lovebirds.

Personality-wise, Yellow-Collared Lovebirds are vivacious and energetic creatures, meaning they desire a lot of attention and time to play.

Always be mindful of what they need and see what you can do to give them everything they’ll need and more.

Lilian’s Lovebird

Lilian’s Lovebird has a somewhat similar appearance to a Rosy-Faced Lovebird but differs in their color combination of yellow with their redder face.

Besides their green, yellow, and red body, they’re native to Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

They’re also an endangered species, with less than 20,000 of them left in the world.

Part of the reason they’re endangered is because of their short lifespan, as most of them only live 10 to 12 years.

Size-wise, they’re only 5 inches long and weigh around 1.3 ounces, making them the smallest lovebird discussed so far.

As for their personality, they’re active, curious, and feisty creatures, meaning they might show an issue if they don’t get what they want.

Always try to give them everything they’ll need, otherwise, you may run into issues down the line with how they feel about you.

Grey Headed Lovebird

For a totally different looking lovebird, the Grey Headed Lovebird is a very distinctive looking lovebird because of its green body with an entirely grey head.

It almost doesn’t seem like they’re a real lovebird, but they are.

Nevertheless, they’re native to Madagascar, making them a challenge to find out in the wild.

They tend to have an average lifespan of 16 years, making them right in the average range compared to most other lovebirds.

As for their size, they’re the smallest species of lovebirds, being just under 5 inches in length while weighing around an ounce.

As for their personality, they’re an incredibly loving creature, making them a perfect addition to any household that has the means to properly raise them.

They’re also curious creatures, meaning you should always be aware of what they might try to get into.

Black-Cheeked Lovebird

Although they have a small size like most other lovebirds, a Black-Cheeked Lovebird is one of the most impressive looking lovebirds due to their black cheeks.

Besides having a black face, they tend to have a shade of red around it and an all-green body.

They’re native to Zambia and are found in other neighboring countries in Africa.

They tend to have an average lifespan of 13 to 14 years, making them fall under the average lifespan attached to lovebirds.

Size-wise, they’re roughly 5.5 inches in length and weigh around 1.3 ounces.

Considering their size, make sure you have a cage for them that they can’t get out of.

Unlike many other lovebirds, Black-cheeked Lovebirds are docile and peaceful creatures.

However, it’s vital to note that if it’s too loud and noisy, they may get disturbed and cause them a great deal of stress. As a result, make sure you’re mindful of their surrounding.

Red-Headed Lovebird

For another interesting looking lovebird, we have the Red-Headed Lovebird, an all-green lovebird with a gorgeously bright redhead.

Like many other lovebirds, they’re native to Africa and can be found all over the continent.

They typically have an average lifespan of 19 to 20 years, making them have a bit more time in this world than other lovebirds.

As for their size, they’re usually around 6 inches in length and a weight around 1.5 ounces, making them very small like most other lovebirds.

Personality-wise, Red-Headed Lovebirds are active, curious, and playful, all traits that are a part of an impactful personality.

Because they’re so social, they tend to form deep bonds with their human counterpart, so make sure you spend a good amount of quality time with them.

Black-Winged Lovebird

For yet another lovebird that has a random color difference on a specific part of their body, we have the Black-Winged Lovebird.

These lovely little creatures are green with a red face and have a black wing (if you hadn’t guessed it).

They’re native to Ethiopia and are one of the best lovebirds in Africa.

They tend to have an average lifespan of 15 to 16 years, just like the many other lovebirds found on this list.

They’re a bit bigger than most other lovebirds by being 6.25 to 6.5 inches in length and are usually 2 ounces weight-wise.

As for their personality, they’re incredibly social creatures, making them a must to be paired with other parrots.

Besides being social, they love attention and to enjoy affection more than anything else.

Always make sure you take an appropriate amount of time out of your day dedicated to them.

Black-collared Lovebird

Last up on our list of lovebirds we have the Black-collared Lovebird, a small light green lovebird that’s native to equatorial Africa.

They can typically be found in the forests of Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, and Uganda.

They typically have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, similar to the other species of lovebirds on this list.

Size-wise, they’re very small and are around 5 inches in length and weigh roughly 1.5 to 1.8 ounces, making them one of the smallest lovebirds on this list.

Personality-wise, they’re small bundles of energy as they love to be active and have fun.

Always take a substantial chunk of time every day dedicated to them, as it’ll go a long way with their longevity and their happiness.

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