Animal Stories - Dutch Blue Lovebird


Animal-World Information about: Dutch Blue Lovebird

   A hand-raised Dutch Blue Lovebird is extremely affectionate and playful. They are an excellent bird for a beginner as they are friendly, hardy, and easy to care for! 
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Larry Wheelock - 2011-03-29
We just bought 2 Dutch Blue Lovebirds last Friday, 3/25/11 and overnight one of them died, the shop is giving us another but how am I assured that they will take to each other. These last 2 were cuddling on a perch when we covered them for the night and the remaining bird has been playful and very active since, we are showing him/her lots of attention but are still worried that the new one might not get along with the 1st bird. The shop owner told us he is giving us a bird from the same group, both of our birds were still babies when we got them, thanks Larry and Toni

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-03-29
    There is no guarantee that two love birds will love. However, it would be doubtful that they wouldn't learn to like each other, play together and grow to love each other. My concern here would be why the original love bird died. Could there have been agression? Is it possible that one of the two lovebirds were ill?
  • Wendy - 2014-08-22
    It is never a good idea to cover them. Some birds have night frights, this can cause them to flap around wildly and injure themselves because they cannot see. This is especially dangerous with birds new to their environment.
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shelley - 2014-03-25
Why does the male love bird regurgitate its food and feed the female?

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  • carrie ann - 2014-07-25
    They are falling in luv
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shelley - 2014-03-25
I just got two love birds, a male and female, does anyone know why the male regurgitates its food and feeds the female? I have noticed this happens about 2 times a day. And also how do I know when they are going to have babies? Thanks.

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  • Kory D Stone - 2014-07-10
    Hi Shelley, I'm not sure if you ever got an answer about why your lovies are feeding each other... It is a bonding ritual, basically means they are falling in bird love. To know when your birds will start laying put newspaper in the cage where the birds can get ahold of it. The female will start tearing it into strips and tucking these strips into their feathers to take back to the nest. Hope this helps. FYI, research needed for the nutrition for breeding birds, it is very important if they do not have the extra calcium/protein/vit A/etc. your female can become egg bound or end up with a prolapse that very well may kill her. 
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Dee - 2014-06-26
My nephew found my lovebird on his apartment balcony and since he had a cat, asked me if I wanted it. I've never had a bird before but he was so friendly I couldn't say no. He was awesome, spent a lot of time with me when I was home and never bit me. While my house was being renovated I left my sister and her husband take care of him. At first he was Greg but now he bites all the time. I come to visit, take him out of his cage, pet him for a minute and then the biting begins! Is there anything I can do??? Plus yesterday he started shredding the newspaper on the bottom of 'his' cage and stuffing it in his back feathers! What's that all about? Thank you in advance for any help out there!!!

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  • Paul - 2014-06-28
    Your bird is not a him it's a her and when you care for them and put them in someone else's care it shows them they're not wanted by you anymore and they start to get defensive. And if the bird is putting paper or twigs on her rump she is beginning to make a nest.
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wizgem - 2012-08-25
Just to share with all lovebirds lovers ... My two Dutch Blue Lovebirds are very fund of apple, pear, and corns. They also like seeds from apple, melon, and pomegranate. Honeysuckle and Star Jasmine flowers are their snacks when in season. Since both of them are 'boys', they have their own favorite playmates, one is stuffed toy Garfield that has bright orange fur, the other is soft and juicy wheat grass bed ... :o) ... As long as they are happy, I'm fine with it.

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  • gao - 2013-07-01
    I have a pair of lovebirds and they are mating all day long this week.
  • Muhammad Aslam Khan - 2014-03-14
    Kindly let me know about the yellow lutinos and Dutch Blue Love birds, feeding, medicine, Vitamins, calcium, and tonic you give them. Your early reply will be highly appreciated, I have just started keeping lovebirds and other fancy birds. Thanks, Aslam Khan.
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Karen K - 2013-06-15
My dutch blue just passed, and his hatch date was 6/5/1993.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-17
    That was a long lived parakeet!. It must have had a wonderful home:) But I'm sorry to hear Karen, it is hard to have such a long time friend pass on. Wishing you all the best.
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Joyce Glatfelter - 2013-06-07
You stated that the longest recorded lovebird lifespan was 17 years. I bought my lovebird in December, 1994 and she is still alive. She will be 19 this Christmas.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-08
    Congratulations on keeping your lovebird so well. What a joy your pet  must be:) Yes, 17 is the recorded age, but you are not alone in having a lovebird that is longer lived. Just like you there have been a number of people tell us about their lovebird exceeding that age, with one person stating theirs lived for 25 years! WOW... now that was one well cared for bird:)
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amanda - 2013-05-28
I have a dutch blue male and a green original female and i have had 9 young from them since early last year and all are doing fine. I have pick up a new peach face that i think is female. She has an orange head and yellow body starting at the neck and progressing to lime green down the body. The wings have grey edging and she also has a deep red beck and red just above the beck. What i am trying to find out is if can i put her into the aviary with the dutch blue male and the green female. She also has a white ring around the eyes. Will this cause problems with the other birds as there is 3 nesting boxes and the green peach face has another egg in one of them and the 4 babies are now out and about feeding themselves and playing. Could someone let me know what i have got and are they compatible together, as i love my birds and don't want them fighting. thanks. . . .? ? ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-31
    It sounds like you have obtained a member of the 'eye-ring group' of African Lovebirds. This group is made up of four separate and distinct species: the Masked Lovebirds (Agapornis personata), the Fischer's Lovebirds (Agapornis fischeri), the Black-cheeked Lovebirds (Agapornis nigrigenis) and the Nyasa Lovebirds (Agapornis lilianae).

    The 'eye-ring group' has distinct characteristics that make them similar in appearance to each other, but distinct from the others such as your Peach-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis). These characteristics are an eye-ring, a red beak, and a green body. I would suggest you look at the Fishcher's lovebird for identification of you new friend, as it doesn't sound like yours has a mask and the Fishcher's is a fairly common species in the trade.

    You have an established Peach-faced pair, plus another 4 (or 9?) offspring in the aviary. Though introducing this species into the aviary with the Peach-faced family may work, there could be fights. As an aside... these two species have been known to interbreed but it is frowned upon. Also it is said that the resulting offspring will not reproduce and are unable to build a proper nest.
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Cris - 2010-07-10
Hi, I have a Dutch blue and a black masked lovebird, I want to know how many eggs they lay and when/how to hatch them; please reply me.

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  • Wayne and Loraine King - 2010-08-03
    They lay 3-6 eggs. If they hatch (assuming the male and female have successfully mated), the eggs will hatch in about 18-20 days. If one of these birds is a male and the other a female, and they have mated, the eggs may or may not be fertile as these are two different species. We do not recommend mating across species as you end up with hybrids which are neither Peach Face nor Black Masked and, often the colors are not as desirable as either parent.
  • catrine meem - 2010-08-12
    The dutch blue must be sooo cute.
  • Gemma - 2010-11-21
    Cris, I would recommend that you not breed your birds. First of all, laying eggs can be very dangerous for birds. We had a wonderful, healthy, friendly goose called Daisy - one day a egg broke inside her and she died in two hours. The same can happen with Lovebirds. Secondly, I would ask that you only breed Lovebirds of the same type (Dutch Blue w/ Dutch Blue, Black Masked w/ Black Masked, etc) to keep the species pure. And lastly - thousands of birds are homeless because there simply isn't enough good homes for all of them. Please be responsible and don't breed.
  • Cris - 2013-03-17
    Thank you for your replies but they turned out to be both females and they had large variety off eggs. Also, Gemma my grandmother gave me this pair like that, one night we saw the pair bieng private & they turned out to be laying eggs. UNFORTUNATELY THEY BOTH PASSED AWAY THE FOLLOWING MONTHS........ PS. THE EGGS NEVER HATCHED AS THEY WERE POSSIBLY NEVER FERTILIZED BY A MALE
  • Cris - 2013-03-17
    CAN SOMEBODY LIST A GOOD LOVEBIRD PAIR UP TO BREED???? If so then which pairs would make good combination??? NOTE: I DON'T WANT TO MAKE INTENTIONAL BREEDING, I JUST WANT TO KNOW FOR FUTURE REFERENCE...... THNX. IT WOULD HELP ALOT... :)
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Anonymous - 2013-02-18
My peach faced lovebird just passed away and now I'm looking at buying a Dutch Blue or the Fischer.. I have only had one love bird at a time, but was considering buying a pair. Can anyone tell me if I get a pair, will they still be as affectionate and friendly towards me as One bird has been? My last bird Sonny was very close to me, he was 'my' bird. Thanks

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