Peach faced lovebirds are one of the most popular pet birds around the world and undoubtedly the most popular among all lovebird species. They are hardy birds and are not difficult to keep and take care of. They are African by origin and a large number of color mutations exists in captivity. These are active and vibrant birds who love to play, chatter and do different sort of things.
Due to their high popularity they are easily available world wide in pet shops. Both young and adult Peach faced lovebirds are a good choice to buy if you want to keep these lovebirds as pets. They are easy to keep in pairs because they are very social birds. They are also called Rosy faced lovebirds. Their scientific name is Agapornis Roseicollis. They can live up to 15 years of age.
Peach faced lovebirds are mostly green with pink color on their faces. The area on the forehead is darker in color than the rest of the face. Young Peach faced lovebirds can be recognized by a distinct black patch on their beaks and their plumage is not as bright as in adults. They are fairly small sized birds, usually between 6-7 inches long and they weigh between 50-70 grams.
They are called non eye ring lovebirds because they do not have a white ring around their eyes. Their eyes are black in color. Due to extensive breeding in captivity, hundreds of color mutations of Peach faced lovebirds have been developed. The most popular mutation among all is the Lutino peach faced lovebird. It is a very popular mutation with brilliant yellow color and bright pink on its face.
Peach faced lovebirds eat a variety of foods which includes the standard seed mix diet along with various fruits, vegetables and greens. If you feed your Peach faced lovebirds with only seed mix diet, it can lead to nutritional deficiency in them along with other health problems. Feeding them with a variety of foods is essential to their long term health. Make sure you feed them with fruits and vegetables every day along with the seed mix diet.
Also give them vitamins and minerals as a supplement to their main diet. Vitamins should be added to their water at least twice a week. A cuttle bone fish and a mineral block should also be made available inside their cage at all times. Also provide them fresh drinking water every day. Wash the food and water containers at least twice a weak to avoid bacterial development in them.
Any uneaten fruits and vegetables should be discarded. Provide them with fresh food every day in the morning. Also check the seed mix container almost daily because Peach faced lovebirds uncover the seeds before eating them. Make sure the seed container has seeds in it, not their shells. In the breeding season egg food should be given to them as a source of calcium. You can either buy commercial egg food or you can hard boil the eggs yourself before giving to them.
Cages and Aviaries
Peach faced lovebirds can live and breed well in individual cages as single pairs as well as in colonies of many birds living together. The choice of cage or aviary depends on the number of birds you want to keep. If you want to keep a single pair, then the minimum cage size for a pair should be at least 2 feet square with a nest box placed either inside or outside of the cage.
The minimum nest box size for Peach faced lovebirds is 10″ high, 6″ deep and 6″ wide. A wooden perch should be placed outside the entrance hole so that they can sit on the perch before entering inside the nest box. The cage should have a tray beneath it for easily cleaning. Place at least two perches inside the cage so that birds can easily fly from one perch to another.
The cage should have horizontal wiring so that birds can climb on the wire with their beaks. Wire spacing should not be more than half inch apart because in larger wire sizes, lovebirds can stuck their heads in the wire and can seriously injure themselves or even die. The cage should not be placed in direct sunlight for more than couple of hours a day. Also protect your lovebirds from extremely cold weather.
If you are planning on keeping more birds then Peach faced lovebirds can live and breed equally well in large sized aviaries. The ideal aviary size is 7 feet high, 6 feet deep and 4 feet wide. In this cage size you can keep more than ten pairs easily without any problems. Place nest boxes inside the aviary at a distance of 1 foot apart so that they do not have problems in protecting their territory from other lovebirds.
The aviary should be covered from any rain water entering inside the colony. Direct sunlight is important for Peach faced lovebirds but make sure that direct sunlight enters only in a portion of the aviary so that birds have a choice to move away from direct sunlight if they want to. In winter, they need protection from extremely chilly weather. Cover the aviary at night so that cold winds do not enter the aviary.
Peach faced lovebirds can breed well if provided with a cage and a nest box. Make sure that you have a proven pair, i.e., a proven male and a proven female so that your lovebirds are able to breed and raise their chicks. Gender identification is difficult in Peach faced lovebirds because both males and females have a somewhat similar physical appearance. However, you can make guess on their gender based on a number of signs.
Firstly, you can identify their sex from their pelvic bones. Females have wider pelvic bones and are less pointed. The pelvic bones in males are more closer to each other and are more pointed than females. Females are little larger in size than males and are more bulky. If you want to have 100% assurity about their gender, then go for a DNA test which is the most accurate method of all. They adult at approximately 1 year of age.
When you have a proven pair then breeding Peach faced lovebirds is very easy. The hen will lay 4-6 eggs and will brood herself. Incubation period of Peach faced lovebirds is 21 days. Chicks will fledge at 6 weeks of age. Both parents take part in feeding the chicks until they are fully weaned at about 8 weeks old. It is important to give them a variety of foods to eat so that both parents and chicks are healthy and strong.