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Where to Buy a Lovebird? Adoption, Online & Retail Options

Opaline lovebird on a perch inside a cage

Petkeen advocates for adopting before shopping. We understand there are many reasons for seeking a breeder or purchasing from a store, though, so we encourage it to be done the right way. Learn more.

Roughly 6.1 million American households have at least one bird1. Parakeets and cockatiels are the most popular, but lovebirds are another worthy choice2. They are small and not as loud as parrots. They are also active and entertaining to watch. Birds face issues that we don’t often see with dogs and cats. After all, trade in wild-caught birds remains an issue.

Fortunately, lovebirds are relatively easy to breed in captivity. That keeps them affordable and removes some pressure from wild populations. Aviculture has grown as a hobby, opening up more venues in which you can obtain a pet. However, there are some things you should know upfront before inviting a lovebird into your home.


Lovebirds as Pets: What to Know Before Welcoming One Into Your Home

Birds sing, chatter, and squawk to communicate. Lovebirds have a shrill shriek if they have something important to say. That’s something to keep in mind if you are an apartment dweller. Lovebirds are social animals. Therefore, you must be sure you have the time to interact with your pet. Otherwise, it’s best to get your bird a companion.

However, daily interaction is critical to keep your bird tame. Enrichment is also vital for the animal’s mental and physical health. That’s the same for any pet. After all, pet ownership is a responsibility. You shouldn’t take your commitment lightly. If you interact with your lovebird and build trust, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful friendship.

Where to Adopt a Lovebird

You should only get a lovebird from a reputable source, no matter if you adopt or buy a bird. Nine living species of the lovebird’s genus Agapornis exist. Some, such as the peach-faced lovebird, are more common and affordable than others. The Madagascar, or gray-headed lovebird, is on the other end of the spectrum.

Hand-raised birds are preferable to wild-caught ones for both ethical and care reasons. The former are friendly and already used to handling. Lovebirds can bite, but the chances are less if you interact with your pet daily. It used to be that pet stores were your only option. Nowadays, you can also get birds from breeders, rescues, and animal shelters. Each has its pros and cons, though.

1. Best Friends, Multiple Locations

Best Friends, Multiple Locations

2. Twin Cities Parrot Rescue, Apple Valley, MN

Twin Cities Parrot Rescue, Apple Valley, MN

3. Local Bird Rescues, Multiple Locations

Local Bird Rescues logo

4. Birds and Beaks Rescue, Battle Creek, MI

5. Mickaboo, San Jose, CA


6. Adopt a Pet, Online

Adopt a Pet

7. Petfinder, Online


8. Wing of Love Bird Haven, Texas

Wing of Love Bird Haven

9. Best Friends Animal Society, Online

Best Friends Animal Society


Where to Buy Lovebirds Online

Buying birds online is a viable option. These sites often have a wider selection of birds from which to choose. Most have live animal guarantees for your peace of mind. Many sell supplies for one-stop shopping to make it even more convenient. And don’t forget about free shipping and rewards programs, which are welcome perks.

The advantage of this method is more affordable prices from businesses that don’t have the overhead of brick-and-mortar stores. Nevertheless, we still recommend researching the sellers to ensure they follow through on quality and the humane treatment of the animals they sell.

1. New York Bird Supply, Bronx, NY

New York Bird Supply

2. Tampa Love Birds, Tampa, FL

Tampa Love Birds

How Much Does a Lovebird Cost Online?

Lovebirds run under $200, depending on the color, age, and rearing. Peach-faced Lovebirds are one of the most popular. Their plumage is beautiful, yet they often are the most affordable. Shipping live animals is expensive. Expect to pay nearly as much for delivery as the bird itself. We suggest carefully reading a site’s terms and guarantees before purchasing one online.


Pet Stores That Sell Lovebirds

1. Petco, Various Locations


Petco doesn’t sell birds online, despite their web presence. Instead, they offer their animals for sale for in-store purchases only. Given the costs and risks of shipping birds, it’s a wise policy. Availability varies with the store. Most large metro areas have several locations, which can help you locate the lovebird you want. It’s worth noting the stores refund purchases for injured or sick animals only.

2. Independently Owned Pet Store, Various Locations

Many big-box retailers have stopped selling live birds for various reasons. However, your local pet store may still offer lovebirds for sale. It has several advantages. You can have an opportunity to observe the bird before buying it. You can also support local businesses. Your purchasing options might be more flexible with these stores.

How Much Does a Lovebird Cost in the Store?

Lovebirds bought at brick-and-mortar stores vary widely in price. It’s likely the most expensive option because of the overhead for the business. Birds take up a relatively high amount of real estate without the same return as everyday supplies. We recommend buying hand-raised birds, which will make the best pets for novices. With that said, you can expect to pay up to $150 for a lovebird from the store.


Lovebird Breeder Information

The first place to start your search is with the African Love Bird Society (ALBS) based out of Washingtonville, NY. You’ll find knowledgeable enthusiasts who can help you locate a pet and answer questions. The organization provides breeder information in its members-only magazine, Agapornis World. We also suggest contacting your local pet retailer for leads.

You should locate a veterinarian who specializes in birds before you get one as a pet. They may be able to put you in touch with local breeders.

We suggest working with someone who knows and understands these birds. Sadly, hybridization is a common practice with inexperienced pet owners, something which the ALBS opposes. A reputable seller will ensure you get a healthy lovebird that is a purebred specimen.

Tips for Adopting or Buying a Lovebird

Owning any kind of pet is a commitment. It’s something you should consider seriously before adopting or buying a lovebird. One can live 15 to 20 years in captivity, making it a different kind of undertaking than getting a dog or cat. While they aren’t as loud as parrots, lovebirds make their presence known. Make sure all household members are on board with your decision.

Hand-raised birds are the best way to go. These animals are less likely to bite and are less fearful than wild-caught lovebirds. It’s an excellent selling point, which a seller will likely advertise. You may pay a bit more upfront, but the price is worth it. You should handle your lovebird daily to ensure it stays tame.

Lovebirds are social creatures that live in small flocks. You can replicate this setting by getting more than one bird, preferably a pair. They form strong bonds that allow them to live up to their name. Make sure to get two birds of the same species.



Lovebirds make delightful pets because of their beauty and activity. They bring life and joy to a room with their chattering and chirping. Daily interaction is essential with these birds. They aren’t a matter of simply putting them in a cage. Engagement is vital for their mental health and well-being. It’s also what makes owning lovebirds such a rewarding experience for pet owners.

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