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Lifespan: 10-15 years
Size: 6” with tail


  • Cockatiel seed/pellet mix
  • 50% cockatiel seed
  • 50% cockatiel pellet
  • Fresh greens (refer to the bird diets sheet for a complete listing)
  • Fresh fruits (refer to the bird diets sheet for a complete listing)
  • Spray Millet
  • Treats may consist of:
    • Prepackaged bird treats
  • Avoid these foods:
    • Chocolate & other candy
    • Onions
    • Avocados

Caging & Environment

  • Lovebirds can be housed in any cage that features 3/4” bar spacing, but also need enough surface area to extend their wings.
  • They should have several perches , preferably made of different materials – wood, rope, etc. with varying diameters.
  • Provide a water cup, seed cup, and fresh food cup as well as a cuttlebone.
  • Toys from each category should be provided: destructible, communication, enrichment, and exercise (see Bird Toy Pie sheet for more information).


  • Lovebirds are one of the smallest of the parrots. They get their name from their strong monogamous bonding behavior.
  • Although generally not talkers, lovebirds can learn to mimic human sounds if taught at a young age.
  • Lovebirds can be kept singly if their owner is willing to spend a lot of time interacting with them.
  • A mirror and lots of exercising toys will make a lovebird one happy critter!