Parrotlet & Lovebird 101

Quick Facts
LIFESPAN: Approximately 10-20 years
SIZE: Up to 7” (18 cm) long

Socialization & General Care

  • Parrotlets and lovebirds are smart and easily trained.
  • Parrotlets and lovebirds are social and require as much interaction with their owners as possible.
  • Most parrotlets have some speaking ability.
  • Parrotlets can be very loud and noisy while lovebirds are much quieter.
  • Parrotlets and lovebirds require many foraging toys to keep them stimulated mentally.

Parrotlets & lovebirds love swings and playing with toys


  • Parrotlets and lovebirds are herbivores and should be fed a fortified pellet diet.
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables should be offered daily and any uneaten food should be removed before it spoils. Acceptable choices are dark leafy greens, zucchini, carrots, squash, papaya, bananas, and melon.
  • Spray millet and packaged treats can be offered sparingly.
  • Fresh water should be available at all times and food and water dishes should be cleaned daily.


  • Moulting is a natural process when birds lose and replace their feathers.
  • A nutritious diet is needed to promote the re-growth of lost feathers.
  • Protect them from temperature fluctuations, drafts and frightening experiences while moulting.

Health Issues to Watch For

  • Change in the consistency, frequency or colour of droppings.
  • Ruffled feathers for prolonged periods.
  • Decreased appetite and weight loss.
  • Sitting on bottom of cage for prolonged periods.
  • Laboured breathing, sneezing, coughing and crusty beak or eyes.
  • If you notice any of the symptoms above, seek veterinary care.

Fun Parrotlet & Lovebird Facts

  • The greatest number of parrotlet and lovebird species come from Central and South America.
  • Parrotlets and lovebirds are the smallest parrots in the world.

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