Abyssinian Lovebird

Abyssinian Lovebird

The Abyssinian lovebird is highly social and as a pet, is most commonly kept in pairs because of their need for constant companionship and mutual preening. They are a hardy species and come from mountainous regions. They need space to fly, climb and play, and are quite active and need a lot of toys and stimulation to keep them engaged and healthy. This species can be very affectionate when hand-raised, yet if kept singly, it will need a lot of human interaction and time to stay tame. Because there is a limited quantity of these parrots, most are entered into breeding programs.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Because the Abyssinian lovebird is social, it is thought best to keep them in pairs rather than singly to keep them happy and healthy. Although this species is quieter than many lovebirds, they have been known to call out in the middle of the night when they get upset. Additionally, because the Abyssinian lovebird eats seeds, berries and fruits, such as sycamore figs and juniper berries in the wild, a similar diet, with a higher fat content than other lovebirds, is required for them.

Expert Advice

“It can take a full year before the male [Abyssinian lovebirds] develop their beautiful red coloring.”

Carolyn Punola, Parrot Addiction Aviary LLC, Flanders, New Jersey

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Eritrea and Ethiopia
6.25 to 6.5 inches tall
Life Expectancy:
10 to 20 years
Noise Level:
Relatively low, one of the least noisy lovebird species
Talk / Trick Ability:
Lovebirds rarely talk, but they can learn to mimic human speech if taught at a very young age. Because this species loves climbing and playing, as well as interacting with their pet bird owners, they can learn to do tricks.