Lovebirds are any species belonging to the genus Agapornis, and many of these species are common in the pet trade. These small little parrots naturally live in and originate from Africa with the exception of the Madagascar lovebird which, as the name implies, is endemic to Madagascar. Like many other parrots, these colorful little birds live fairly long lives in captivity -- a characteristic to consider before adopting one as your feathered companion.
When given proper care -- including a healthy diet, attention, veterinary care and proper housing -- these small little birds can live up to 25 years, although 15 to 20 years is more common. This is considerably longer than many lovebird species' life expectancy in the wild, as is the case with many pet bird species. For example, Fischer's lovebirds may live only 12 or so years in the wild, although not much is known about their life expectancy in the wild.
With a professional background in gardening, landscapes, pests and natural ecosystems, Jasey Kelly has been sharing her knowledge through writing since 2009 and has served as an expert writer in these fields. Kelly's background also includes childcare, and animal rescue and care.