The keeping and breeding of lovebirds has become increasingly popular
over recent years, being reflected in the large range of mutations and
color forms, second only in number to those of the budgerigar.
natural distribution of this genus of small, square-tailed, parrots
ranges across much of the African continent and some off-shore islands.
In some areas they reach plague proportions and huge numbers, perhaps
thirty thousand birds, are destroyed annually in these regions.
Nine separate species are recognized by most taxonomists. One species
is virtually unknown both in the wild and collections while others, such
as the Red-faced, present a breeding challenge even for the experienced
The Peach-faced Lovebird is currently the most popular
member of the group and, usually being ready to nest, forms an ideal
introduction to the group for the novice lovebird breeder.