Everything You Need to Know About the Rosy-faced Lovebird

The rosy-faced lovebird, also known as the peach-faced love bird, makes a great pet for all bird lovers. There are a few important rosy-faced lovebird facts that need to be understood about these birds before you go out to adopt one. 

Their background story, their native home, diet habits, personality traits, and most importantly, common health issues they may face are crucial bits of information that any bird lover should be knowledgeable of before adopting. 

The Rosy-Face Lovebird’s Background Story

Originating on the coastal areas of Africa, the Rosy-faced Lovebird (formerly known as the Peach-Faced Lovebird), can now be found living and breeding naturally in the residential regions of Phoenix, Arizona. Over the past 25 years or so, these birds have become a common sight in local parks as well as the backyards of residents of this area of Arizona. 

In addition to becoming a common sight in nature in the Phoenix, Arizona area, the Rosy-faced Lovebird has become a rather common household pet for bird enthusiasts throughout the U.S. This loveable little parrot can be found in a variety of color variations, but their rosy-peach color pattern is by far the most well known for their species. 


Often times compared to a lap dog, the rosy-faced lovebird as a pet is a great choice for individuals or families who are seeking a bird who is full of personality and raw energy. These little 6-inch birds are also notorious for their escape artistry. They love to sneak their way out of their cage for some fun and mischievousness.

As their name states, these birds are also known for their mating habits. The rosy-faced love bird will thoroughly enjoy living a sort of “married life” when they have a partner with them. They love their partner so much their human owner may even begin to feel neglected.

Another interesting personality trait of the rosy-faced love bird, the female birds specifically, is something they do when mating seasons rolls around. If you decide to adopt a female rosy-faced love bird, you may find them tearing up pieces of paper into shreds at this point in the year. Once they’ve made their paper shreds, they will begin to tuck them into their feathers, as though they are about to transport them to their “nest” to prepare for some new baby birds.

It’s also good to know that these little birds aren’t overly noisy. They do make little chips and chatter sounds, especially when they’re happy or excited about something. They, unfortunately, cannot speak words like some of their close relatives can. 


The lifespan of a Rosy-faced Lovebird can be as long as 15 years if they are well taken care of and loved. When preparing a well-balanced diet for your Rosy-faced lovebird you will want to take certain nutritional deficits into consideration and discuss with the vet. 

In addition to a birdseed mix that you can get from most local pet stores, you’ll want to incorporate an assortment of fresh vegetables and fruits into your rosy-faced lovebird’s food. As for nutrients that are incredibly important to these birds, calcium should be high on the list of vitamins/minerals. 

Especially if you have female rosy-faced lovebirds as pets. These little ladies will still lay eggs even when a male is not present, leading them to lose calcium in the process. Rosy-faced lovebirds of either gender may also face nutritional deficits if they are only fed a seed mix without any supplemental fruits or vegetables. 

Common Health Conditions

There are only a few health conditions that are known to infrequently pop up with Rosy-faced lovebirds. Chlamydiosis is a common bacterial infection that your rosy-faced lovebird could face or may not at all. It’s caused by bacteria commonly found in birds. 

Self-mutilation is also another common health condition that rosy-faced lovebirds, as well as many other species of birds sometimes face. Parrots are often found displaying these behaviors of plucking away at their own feathers until they are nearly bare. Often this is due to high anxiety levels, but scientists believe there could be a number of causes. 


There aren’t too many bird lovers who would not be happy to have the chance to own and befriend a rosy-faced love bird. These gorgeous little birds make excellent house pets that love to interact with their humans and any other rosy-faced lovebirds who they may be sharing their home with. Their low maintenance status and friendly demeanor make them easy pets to learn about and take care of as a loved member of the family. 

What do rosy-faced lovebirds sound like?

The rosy-faced love bird has a high-pitched sound. They will whistle or make chattering noises at different times throughout the day but aren’t terribly noisy otherwise. Their vocalization range is limited, but the sounds they are able to make are typically happy and full of excitement.

What do rosy-faced lovebirds eat?

Rosy-faced love birds will eat a blend of berries and seeds. These particular birds are at risk for having low calcium, especially the females, so it is important to consult your vet as to whether you should be supplementing this in their food or not.

What to know about rosy-faced lovebirds as pets?

These birds are notorious for being known as a “large bird in a small bird body”. Meaning they are packed with personality and a love for interaction. It’s important to be aware of this quality about this bird, in addition to knowing that they are “busy beaks”. This means that they like to be doing something with their beaks, such as tearing up paper and weaving it into the bars of their cage.

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