There are eight species of Lovebirds, the Peach-faced being the most common. They are inquisitive and intelligent birds who enjoy the company of another lovebird or human. Because of their propensity toward breeding, Lovebirds are one of the most popular of all captive breeding parrots. They usually lay 3-5 eggs, with hatching occurring in 21-22 days. The chicks fledge in five to six weeks. Adult plumage is attained at approximately four months, with sexual maturity occurring between 8 and 12 months.
Peach-faced Lovebirds are found throughout their wild habitat of southern Africa, but never far from water. They are colony birds and appreciate having at least a partner (but not necessarily a mate) in captivity. A pair will tend to bond to each other, rather than the owner, so obtaining a single young lovebird will often result in having the best pet. If attempting to house a colony of lovebirds, all birds should be introduced simultaneously since they are territorial and can be aggressive toward birds other than their mates. Those birds left without a partner should be removed and housed separately. The average cost of a Peach-faced Lovebird is $40-$120, depending on coloration.