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A feral Rosy-faced Lovebird eating seeds in Chicago, USA
Scientific classification

Lovebirda, genus Agapornis, are a type of parrot. There are nine species. They are a social and affectionate small parrot. Seven species are native to Africa, and the Grey-headed Lovebird is native to Madagascar.

Their common name comes from the parrots' strong, monogamous pair bonding and the long time the pairs spend sitting together. Lovebirds live in small flocks and eat fruit, vegetables, grass and seeds. Black-winged Lovebirds also eat insects and figs, and the Black-collared Lovebirds have a special dietary requirement for native figs, making them more difficult to keep in captivity.


Species (wild-types)
Common and binomial names Photograph Description Range
Yellow-collared lovebird
or masked lovebird
(Agapornis personatus)
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14 cm (5.5 in) long. Yellow and green. Has blue tail feathers. Northeast Tanzania
Fischer's lovebird
(Agapornis fischeri)
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14 cm (5.5 in) long. Mostly green, orange upper body and head, blue lower back and rump, red beak, white eyerings South and southeast of Lake Victoria in northern Tanzania
Lilian's lovebird
or Nyasa lovebird
(Agapornis lilianae)
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13 cm (5 in) long. Mostly green including green back and green rump, orange head, red beak, white eyerings Malawi
Black-cheeked lovebird
(Agapornis nigrigenis)
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14 cm (5.5 in) long. Mostly green, brownish-black cheeks and throat, reddish-brown forehead and forecrown, orange upper chest, red beak, white eyerings Zambia
Peach-faced lovebird
or rosy-faced lovebird
(Agapornis roseicollis)
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15 cm (6 in) long. Mostly green, orange face, blue lower back and rump, horn-coloured beak Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
Black-winged lovebird
or Abyssinian lovebird
(Agapornis taranta)
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16.5 cm (6.5 in) long. Mostly green, red beak, some black wing feathers. Sexual dimorphism: only the male has red on forehead and crown, female's plumage is all green Southern Eritrea to southwestern Ethiopia
Red-headed lovebird
or red-faced lovebird
(Agapornis pullarius)
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15 cm (6 in) long. Mostly green with red on upper neck and face. Sexual dimorphism: the male has more extensive and a darker red on face and head, and the male has a darker red beak than the female Large part of central Africa
Grey-headed lovebird
or Madagascar lovebird
(Agapornis canus)
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13 cm (5 in) long. Mostly green with darker green on back, pale grey beak. Sexual dimorphism: male has a grey upper body, neck and head. Madagascar
Black-collared lovebird
or Swindern's lovebird
(Agapornis swindernianus)
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13.5 cm (5 in) long. Mostly green, brown collar which has a black upper margin at the back of the neck, dark grey/black beak Equatorial Africa

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