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A Set-up Guide for New Lovebird Parents

Tips from home to health to food and fun.


6 things to know about lovebirds


  1. Live (and love) 15+ years
  2. Grow up to 6 inches
  3. Inquisitive and always on the go!
  4. Are intelligent enough to learn commands
  5. Need at least an hour of human interaction a day
  6. Got their name because they form strong bonds with their mates!

Your lovebirds’ love nest


Birds need cages about twice the size of their wingspan. For a lovebird, this means a cage at least 18 x 18 x 24 inches. Lovebirds thrive in pairs or even groups, but you’ll need a larger cage for more than one.

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Cage placement

Birds are sensitive to strong smells, gases, smoke and drafts. They’ll enjoy being close to the family action, but it’s best if they’re not too near the kitchen or a window.


Your lovebirds’ cage should include at minimum two perches at different heights and of different materials and thicknesses. Don’t put the perches above the spot where lovebirds eat; otherwise droppings may fall into their food or water.

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Line the enclosure floor with recycled-paper bedding or use a paper liner. Replace the liner at least every other day.

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Playing and grooming

Smart and extremely social, lovebirds “love” to interact with their humans. In their cages, they’ll entertain themselves with toys or spruce up with a bath.


Give your lovebirds two or three playthings. Try “puzzle” toys that hide treats and active toys that encourage climbing and other acrobatics.

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Gently bathe your lovebirds two or three times a week, either by offering them a bowl full of warm water, or by gently misting them with warm water from a clean spray bottle.


Lovebirds love to get out of the cage and perch on these homes away from home.

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Keeping your lovebirds healthy

Give your new lovebirds three or four days to settle into their new home before handling them. Whether your birds are brand-new or have been living with you for a while, aside from yearly checkups, contact your veterinarian if you notice any of these signs of illness or distress:

  • Sitting at the bottom of the cage
  • Lower appetite; weight loss
  • Less activity and preening
  • Feathers fluffed for long periods of time
  • Discharge from nose or mouth; sneezing
  • Runny droppings for more than two days

Talk to an avian veterinarian if you have questions about your bird’s health.

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