Lovebird Behavior ( Complete Guide)

Last Updated on November 7, 2023 by Ali Shahid

In the cozy nook of my home, where the gentle morning sun peeks through the curtains, there lives a vibrant world of lovebirds. These delightful little creatures have stolen my heart with their playful antics and boundless energy.

Since the day I welcomed them into my life, I’ve been on a wonderful journey, discovering the secrets of their behavior. Lovebirds, you see, are like mysterious artists painting the canvas of our lives with their quirks and acrobatics.

They twist and turn in ways that seem to defy gravity, and their frequent yawning makes me wonder if they dream of becoming opera singers in their secret world. However, amidst all these peculiarities, one thing is crystal clear: to truly enjoy the company of lovebirds, we must first understand their fascinating world.

So, let’s embark on this enchanting adventure to uncover the heartwarming, at times puzzling, world of lovebird behavior and discover how to be the best companions for these feathered friends.

Lovebird Behavior When They Are Happy

Making Sounds

Can you recall a time when your bird sang, talked, or whistled? Birds who do these things are healthy, happy, and content.

Some birds love audiences and sing maniacally to attract an audience, as opposed to birds who sing for themselves. The sound of your birds singing, whistling, or talking will let you know it’s happy, no matter what species you own.

Fluffy Lovebirds

When your lovebird is fluffy, you can be sure she is happy. If she is relaxed, she is more likely to behave calmly. Your bird is happy and enjoying her life if she is playing and eating.

The clicking of the tongue

A happy, contented, or excited lovebird makes a clicking sound with his tongue. It happens when lovebirds feel so happy in their environment that they make this random noise. This is the same sound that a human makes when they click their tongue against the roof of their mouth.

More Playful

Whenever your lovebird is happy, it is likely to be very showy, not just when you enter the room but throughout your entire stay as well.

When your lovebird plays with toys, he will swing upside down and change perches more frequently, just like an acrobat. To make its feathers look more colorful, it will likely fluff them out.

Flipping the wings

The wings of a bird aren’t always for flight; they can also be used to communicate. Flapping wings is an exercise, a display of happiness, or to get your attention. Some birds stretch or cool themselves by flapping their wings.

A bird can flap its wings to express anger or pain, but it may also be fluffing its feathers to make it more comfortable. Your bird might want food when it flips with a head bob! It’s also believed that flipping is a sign of mating.


The purpose of preening is to keep a bird’s feathers clean, waterproof, and in good condition for flight. When birds are healthy, they spend a great deal of time preening since maintaining their feathers is crucial to keeping them alive.

When birds are not depressed or happy, they will preen themselves.


It is known that lovebirds have romantic and loving behaviors. They earned their nickname as a result of their loving behavior towards their ‘mates’.  So if a lovebird is showing affection to you it means that he or she is happy.

Lovebirds Behavior When They Are Unhappy or Sad

Muscles strained

It takes some time for lovebirds to adjust to a new place. To be aerodynamic and ready to flee danger, they will keep their muscles and feathers strained. This causes all muscles to be strained and the bird to shrink, which isn’t a good thing.

Eventually, it will cause your bird a great deal of stress, which will make it sick. You should not force it and don’t make sudden movements. You should let the bird become used to the environment and you at the beginning.

Appetite Loss

A loss of appetite can be an indicator of depression in birds, although it can be caused by a variety of different problems. You must learn to recognize when your bird stops eating very quickly because birds have such fast metabolisms.

It is harmful to your bird’s health if it loses weight quickly. Consequently, if you notice that your bird’s feeding habits have changed for two straight days, contact your avian veterinarian so that they can investigate the matter.


There are various species of birds that make loud sounds. Nevertheless, an increase in screams or screeches may indicate that the bird is bored, stressed, or unhappy.

Screaming can also signify pain or discomfort, much like biting. It is important to consult a veterinarian before releasing any bird that is suddenly screaming. It helps you to ensure that the behavior is not due to a medical condition.


A sudden personality change is the most obvious sign that a bird is depressed. This is often manifested as aggression in lovebirds.

Aggression may be seasonally based on hormonal fluctuations, but persistently out-of-character behavior may be a sign that your bird is unhappy.

You should consult a veterinarian if you notice any sudden changes in your behavior. Whenever you are certain that your bird is physically healthy, you should examine what is going on in his or her life that is contributing to the behavior.

Performing self-mutilation

In addition to plucking feathers, stressed and unhappy birds chew on the skin and dig into muscles and bones, resulting in severe injuries. A veterinarian must examine these birds immediately, and antipsychotic medication must be administered to them.

While the owner and veterinarian are attempting to diagnose the problem, cone collars must be fitted to prevent them from doing more damage.

Feather Plucking

Birds that start plucking their feathers can quickly develop a chronic and costly disorder. A bird that has bald patches on its head should be checked out by an avian vet to rule out diseases.

The next step is to determine why your bird is plucking after you have eliminated any medical issues. It might be best for your bird to schedule more time with you if it starts plucking out of boredom.

Change in Vocalizations

If you have owned your bird for a while, you should be familiar with the types and frequency of its daily vocalizations. Your bird’s vocalizations may change if he or she is experiencing depression, so pay attention to these changes.

Occasionally, your bird may scream as a way to get your attention. It can be a sign that your bird is bored or frustrated when it screams louder than normal.

Love Bird Behavior When They Are Angry

Sometimes lovebird gets upset not only due to territorial issues but also because she is a female; she is the alpha, and everything revolves around her. She will make specific movements to discourage any unwanted contact.

Most often, she will press her beak against the ground surface. She also opens and closes her mouth quickly with a small amplitude. Friction between the upper and lower parts of the beak will cause a noise that will irritate you.

When a lovebird opens its big white beak, and you can hear her deep breathing, you know she will attack. If you don’t back up, you will be beaten.

An untrained bird would not behave like this. This is a defense mechanism you develop when you force your bird during training.

Lovebird Behavior During Breeding

A paper shredder lovebird means you have a girl. When you see this behavior, you can assume your bird has attained maturity and is searching for a nest.

As the breeding season approaches, lovebirds often become more aggressive, regardless of their territorial status. Lovebird biting is often a sign of aggressive behavior.

Generally, bites at such times can result in bleeding hands because the bites are so strong. Hormone fluctuations are to blame for this. According to some experts, these behaviors are normal and will go away as the seasons change.

If you have a couple and provide them with a home, there will be a release of some hormones in the female body.

When your bird is ready to breed, her tail will point towards the male, who will make love with her. You are going to have baby lovebirds if you see this behavior in your pair.

Potential Behavior Problems of Lovebirds

It can sometimes be problematic for some species to shred paper constantly. Lovebirds love to chew on anything they can find

. Lovebirds can shred the pages of a treasured book if the page is left open. Ensure that shredders are available.

A lovebird’s high-pitched chirping may seem more manageable compared to that of a larger parrot. Many people find it annoying, like a loud macaw scream, because of the high pitch.

Therefore, as with other parrot species, it’s important not to reinforce vocalization for attention. Make sure your bird learns other ways to grab your attention.

The Lovebird often forms strong bonds with humans and other birds. When there is a nesting cavity nearby, pairings can result in aggression toward other individuals.

Many caregivers put up cloth tents or other enclosed sleeping areas for their loved ones.

To ensure nesting behavior doesn’t lead to aggressive behavior around the enclosure, make sure to observe your lovebird’s behavior in those areas. During nest defense or defending a perceived mate, lovebirds can display quite intimidating and aggressive behavior.

The lovebird eliminates a bit more frequently than larger birds. They produce a lot of small poos. It is possible to train your lovebird to eliminate on command.

The best way to teach your lovebird to “go” to the newspaper is to teach him where newspapers are. When a bird uses the same spot every time, it can become habituated to that spot until it is given access.

 Some birds accidentally learn this behavior to avoid pooping inside their cages. Parrots are quite unwell because of this. To avoid this, train your parrots to accept newspapers anywhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my lovebird is happy?

You’ll notice that your lovebird becomes chattier and sings for a few hours if it is happy. Additionally, they will do lots of jumping and singing around their favorite perch while slightly fluffing up the feathers on their heads.

Do lovebirds like to be held?

When it comes to their handler, lovebirds can be quite affectionate. Single lovebirds require more attention daily than a pair.

What are some ways that lovebirds show affection?

Their favorite activities are hanging from their toys, relaxing in their bird tents, and riding on their owners’ shoulders. They love to snuggle up to their owners’ necks or hide in their sweaters but often prefer their owner’s shoulders.

How do I know if my lovebird is mad?

Birds that attack you with their beaks and appear angry are trying to tell you to leave them alone. A facial expression or body language is usually the first way they communicate this.


As with humans, lovebirds exhibit their unique behavior. There are, however, a few common behavioral traits among lovebird species that apply to most of them.

Therefore, this list of behavioral traits should not be taken as comprehensive. All birds are different, so their behaviors might also vary.

Some lovebirds might also act differently in similar circumstances. It is best to spend time with your lovebird if you wish to understand its behavior.


  • 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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