How long do lovebirds live and Factors Affecting life Span?

Last Updated on November 6, 2023 by Ali Shahid


In the heart of a sun-kissed forest, where vibrant leaves danced in the dappled light, I once stumbled upon a pair of lovebirds. Their melodious symphony of chirps and the tender way they nestled together instantly captivated me.

It was a scene straight out of a fairy tale, and I couldn’t help but wonder, “How long do lovebirds live?”As I observed this enchanting avian couple, I delved into the secrets of the lovebird lifespan.

I discovered that the average lifespan of a lovebird is a remarkable 10-12 years. In the wild, their journey extends from 5 to 15 years, while in captivity, as cherished pets, they can thrive for an impressive 10 to 20 years (source: WebMD).

The lovebirds I encountered that day were living proof that love, in all its feathered glory, can indeed stand the test of time. In this article, we’re going to explore the fascinating world of lovebirds and how long they live. We’ll look at what factors can affect their lifespan, the different stages of their lives, and the ups and downs of taking care of these adorable pets as they grow older.

Whether you’re a seasoned lovebird owner or just someone who finds these little birds charming, come along as we uncover the secrets of how long lovebirds can live and understand the nuances of their affectionate nature.

The Lifespan of Different Lovebird Species
Specie NameLifespan
Rosy-Faced Lovebird15-25 Years
Fischer LovebirdUp to 20 Years
Black-Winged Lovebird15 Years
Black-Collared Lovebird10-15 Years
Lilian’s Lovebird15-20 Years
Masked Lovebird10-20 Years
Red-faced Lovebird15-20 Years

Lovebirds Lifespan in the Wild

Let’s look at the lifespan of wild lovebirds first. Lovebird lifespans in the wild have not been studied extensively. Wild lovebirds, on the other hand, live a harder life than captive birds. Many baby lovebirds may not survive to adulthood in African habitats.

It is possible for wild lovebirds to live for 5-15 (WebMD) years if things are all right. A lovebird’s lifespan is determined by the availability of food, the absence of natural predators, and the availability of water.

Lovebird’s Lifespan as Pets

A pet lovebird often lives longer than its wild counterpart. However, pet lovebirds cannot control the availability of fresh food, supplies, and proactive veterinary care, which are important aspects of nursing care.

There is the potential for each of these variables to influence lifespan directly. With proper care, your pet lovebird can live for 10-20 years (WebMD). Lovebirds are extremely sensitive to isolation.

Because they bond together for life, these little birds are known as life-bonding parrots. For a lovebird to be happy and healthy in captivity, he or she needs a companion from the same species.

The lifespan of Different species of Lovebird

Various African lovebird species live for varying lengths of time. All pet lovebirds belong to one of the nine species listed here, and they exhibit an impressive variety of colors and patterns.

Fisher’s lovebirds, peach-faced lovebirds, and black-masked lovebirds are the most collected pet lovebirds. All nine species of African lovebirds have different expected lifespans, which can be found below.

The lifespan of a Black-cheeked lovebird

There is a substantial loss of habitat in southern Zambia for the black-cheeked lovebird, Agapornis nigrigenis. Those living in captivity have a lifespan of up to 13.75 years.

The lifespan of a Black-collared lovebird

Agapornis swindernianus is also called the black-collared lovebird or Swindern’s lovebird. This species of lovebird has a life expectancy of about 10 to 15 years in captivity.

The life expectancy of black-winged lovebirds

Agapornis taranta, also known as the Abyssinian lovebird, has black wings and a red throat. Black-winged lovebirds live an average of 15.83 years in captivity.

The life expectancy of grey-headed lovebirds

Lovebirds living on the island of Madagascar include the gray-headed lovebird Agapornis cana. The species is, therefore, known as the Madagascar lovebird. Grey-headed lovebirds live an average of 16.01 years in captivity.

The lifespan of Fischer’s lovebird

In captivity, Fischer’s lovebirds can live up to 20 years and are known as one of the gentlest species of lovebirds. A Fisher’s lovebird is known to live for 32.24 years when kept captive!

The lifespan of Peach-faced lovebird

Peach-faced lovebirds have a lifespan of 15 to 25 years in captivity and are sometimes called Rosy-faced lovebirds. One of the oldest lovebirds ever recorded clocked in at 34.34 years old.

The lifespan of Masked lovebird

Yellow-collared lovebirds can live 10 to 20 years in captivity. They are also known as masked lovebirds or Agapornis personatus. A masked lovebird at 24.24 years of age is the oldest ever recorded to live in captivity!

The lifespan of a Red-faced lovebird

According to a historical study of parrot survival in captivity, the red-faced lovebird, or Agapornis pullarius, has been listed as living a maximum of 19.23 years.

Lilian’s lovebird lifespan

Lilian’s lovebird, also known as the Nyasa lovebird, has an average life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. Lilian’s lovebirds thrived in captivity for 19.2 years on average!

How to Extend the Lifespan of a Lovebird
Provide a well-balanced pellet-based diet, including fruits and vegetables.
Make exercise a daily habit
Make daily social interaction the norm
Do not leave your lovebirds alone for a long time
Provide a companion if you lack interaction time
Provide a large cage along with toys and perches.
Arrange regular vet visits.
Get your parrot Vaccinated

Factors That Affect a Lovebird’s Lifespan

The lifespan of a lovebird can be affected by several factors. Taking care of them properly can help them live a long and healthy life. In contrast, wild animals may live a shorter lifespan if not properly cared for.

Factors Affecting the Lifespan of a Lovebird
Medical Care


A proper diet is essential for your lovebird’s health, just as it is for any pet (or human, too). Sadly, owners of lovebirds are sometimes unaware of what they should feed them.

There’s often a misconception that a domestic parrot’s diet consists of constantly placing a bowl of seed mix around for them to eat.

Seeds contain too much fat for a lovebird to consume, and seeds do not provide the nutrition it needs. Domestic lovebirds don’t exercise enough to need constant access to food unless it’s something low-calorie, like lettuce.

The keyword here is variety. Although your lovebird should have access to a quality seed mix, it shouldn’t be the only thing it eats. A lovebird’s diet in the wild includes seeds, berries, sprouts, and fruits, as well as other things like them.


It is also crucial to take into account the environment. The bird’s nails and beak can be broken if it is exposed to unsafe toys. If they do not heal properly, this can affect their lifespan. Also, their overgrown beaks and nails are a cause for concern.

The beaks of the birds must be rubbed against chew toys. In any other case, they could become sick.


Another important consideration is providing the cage with a substantial amount of free space for fliers and exercisers. It is highly recommended that you let your lovebird play, exercise, and explore outside of its cage occasionally.

Occasionally, letting it roam free is beneficial as well. Your lovebird will remain mentally and physically active by playing with toys.

Medical Care

Veterinarians who specialize in birds are essential for your bird’s health. If your nearest exotic vet is an hour or more away, you should visit them weekly. A bird’s lifespan may be adversely impacted without a proper check-up.


When it comes to the general health and quality of life of a lovebird, this is arguably the most important factor. Lovebirds are affectionate and social creatures who choose a mate for life and stay by their sides for the rest of their lives.


Parrots neglected for long periods often damage their environment and themselves. The stress-induced behavior of plucking feathers in birds can cause health problems.

The lack of socialization can lead to troublesome behaviors in lovebirds, which can shorten their lives. The behavior that loneliness leads to is what kills lovebirds, not loneliness itself. 

Lifecycle of lovebirds

Within a week of mating, a pair of nesting lovebirds lay four to six eggs. After the eggs have been laid, the female incubates them for approximately 21 to 23 days.

It takes about 43 days for young lovebirds to fledge, but they remain under the care of their parents for another two weeks. As they grow, their feathers become more vibrant and undergo their first molt at around five months of age.

Lovebirds are considered sexually mature at the age of 10 months. After approximately a year and a half, many of these parrots breed for the first time, forming strong monogamous bonds with their mates.

Does a Lovebird Live Alone for Long?

Lovebirds are typically kept in pairs because they’re quite sociable creatures. Their social nature means they thrive when they’re around other lovebirds, though it varies depending on the lovebird species. Different types of lovebirds sometimes get along.

Now, it’s important to note that keeping them together doesn’t necessarily mean they must be paired with one another. If you have the time and energy, you can engage with these birds and provide the social interaction they need. However, many pet owners find it challenging to meet these birds’ social needs, and it’s not advisable to leave them alone all day.

If lovebirds feel distressed or lonely, they may exhibit troubling behaviors like feather plucking. This stress-induced behavior can negatively impact the bird’s health and lifespan, even if being solitary won’t lead to an early demise.

If you have a full-time job or other commitments, it may be difficult to provide the necessary companionship for your lovebirds. In such cases, having a companion for your bird is often the best solution.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which species of the lovebird is the oldest lovebird?

Fisher’s lovebird is the gentlest of all species of lovebirds and can live up to 20 years in captivity. The oldest Fisher’s lovebirds have lived up to 32 years in captivity.

What is the sleeping time of lovebirds?

 If you have a cage cover, make sure your lovebirds have a quiet place to sleep at night, without radios or TVs to distract them. Like humans, lovebirds sleep for approximately 12 hours each day, and lovebirds who are not getting enough sleep may become cranky.

What are Love birds breeding months?

During the cooler months of October and March, a lovebird’s breeding season begins. After the breeding season ends, the lovebird and owner rest for about 6 months.


Getting a lovebird as a pet is a great idea for many reasons. Their first advantage is that they have a long life expectancy and can remain captive for 15 – 20 years comfortably. Several species can even live well beyond that.

It is important to provide a healthy diet, exercise, living environment, and companionship to your lovebird to ensure it lives if possible. When it comes to caring for their birds, owners have many factors under their control, as well as several factors beyond their control.

It is expected that birds live for an average of 10 to 20 years, and there are some exceptions. The lifespan of some birds can reach 40 years, so plan accordingly.


  • Ali Shahid

    Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.

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