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5 Lovebird Color Mutations (With Pictures)
You may have heard the term “lovebirds” to describe two people in love, but where does it come from? The lovebird parrot, of course! These birds are better kept in pairs, which is why they are called lovebirds, and are snuggly, loving, playful, and unlike some of their counterparts, not loud at all.
There are many types and color mutations to choose from when it comes to lovebird pairings. We’ll go into a few of the lovebird color mutations you can choose from in this guide.
1. Dutch Blue and Blue Pied Peach Faced Lovebirds
Dutch Blue lovebirds are gorgeously colored but are not considered true bluebirds, such as Fischer birds. They don’t reach their full jewel-like bluish-green color until they’re close to one year old.
On the other hand, Peach-Faced lovebirds have a wild green color, and blue is the ground color mutation for these birds. There’s also Dutch blue, medium blue, and a dark factor when it comes to this mutation of lovebirds.
2. Green-Violet Lovebirds
These lovebirds are a normal green color with a violet factor on their rumps. It takes about a year for babies to get that full red face you see in adults, which is also a way to tell if the bird you’re purchasing is indeed a young bird.
The overall violet factor will give these lovebirds a really deep green tone, tinged with blue for their overall appearance. In addition, they feature flight feathers that are tinged blue. Once you adopt your green-violet lovebird, it’ll take a year for him to grow into his full colors.
3. American Cinnamon Lovebirds
The American Cinnamon lovebird features gorgeous colors as well. There’s the white-faced cinnamon, the cinnamon pied lovebird, and the white-faced cinnamon with a violet factor. These gorgeous creatures have different colorings, but all of them make excellent pets, especially in pairs.
The white-faced pied violet has an almost clear appearance with markings on her back, and the yellow brightness combined with the violet undertones is truly amazing to see. These undertones and markings will become even more vibrant when your white-faced pied violet reaches adulthood, which takes around nine months.
4. Australian Cinnamon and Orange-Faced Lovebirds
These lovely Australian Cinnamon lovebirds have the prettiest ruby eyes you’ve ever seen. However, while the eyes are very distinctive when they are babies, the eyes tend to fade in color as they reach adulthood.
The orange-faced lovebird is a color mutation of the peach-faced lovebird species. Any of these lovebird mutations would make a great addition to the pets in your home.
5. Fischer’s Mutations: Yellow, White, Albino, Lutino
These birds are extremely gentle and make great pets for anyone who is only beginning in the bird-keeping process.
These are just a few of the color mutations you can find for lovebirds. Remember, it’s always best to adopt a pair of lovebirds as they’re very social creatures and don’t do well alone.
Featured Image Credit: Setiawan Heriadi, Pixabay
Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.