Quick Facts

  • The Fischer’s lovebird, along with the masked, black-cheeked and the Nyasa lovebird, have prominent white eye rings.

Fischer's Lovebird

Agapornis fischeri

Fischer's lovebird, Photo of LovebirdsThe Fischer’s lovebird might not be as popular as the more common peach-faced lovebird but it has an equally charming personality.  The Fischer’s is second in popularity to the peach-faced lovebird, but are not second in personality. The Fischer’s natural habitat is central Africa, as with the peach face, and it is quite prolific in captivity – domestically bred babies can be found easily in just about any pet shop. They can be a bit pricier than the normal peach-faced lovebird, especially the rarer mutations, which are quite popular with lovebird fanciers.

Native Region / Natural Habitat

Fischer’s lovebirds are native to Africa.

Care & Feeding

Like most birds, lovebirds love to exercise, and require the largest cage that your budget and space can afford. Lovebirds that are cooped up in a small cage and never given any freedom tend to become neurotic and can develop self-mutilating habits. These lovebirds are reported to live between 12 and 15 or more years.

Personality & Behavior

Lovebirds might be small but they are bold, inquisitive, curious and always on the go. Many people believe lovebirds come in pairs because they are often see photos of two lovebirds cuddled up against one another. No doubt,  a lovebird often forms a deep bond with another lovebird. Potential owners should be aware, however, that a lovebird pair might choose not to interact with people, as they will be thoroughly focussed on each other. A single lovebird companion needs plenty of social interaction with the people in his/her life, as well as plenty of busy work in the form of toys and safe items to chew up and destroy. A female lovebird can become highly defensive of her territory (cage).

Speech & Sounds

Lovebirds are a chatty bunch, singing and whistling all day long, and are especially vocal at dawn and dusk. They are not known for their talking ability, but their song is pleasant, more so than many other companion parrots. The more lovebirds you acquire (and it’s hard to buy just one) the noisier they will become. They are flocking birds in the wild and love to talk to one another.

Health & Common Conditions

Lovebirds are susceptible to Chlamydiosis, self-mutilation as well as nutritional deficiencies related to an inadequate diet, especially if fed a mostly seed diet.

Get Fischer's Lovebird

Fischer’s lovebirds are often available in most pet stores, as well as from bird breeders.