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All You Need To Know About Feeding Lovebirds

Lovebirds are a very popular among first-time bird owners. These unique birds are highly social and interactive, which makes them endearing to many people. They require minimal care, making them a great pet choice for beginners. Even so, there are certain things you need to know about caring for your lovebird before bringing one home.

Their feeding habits may be different from what you’re used to with other types of birds, and today, we explain to you everything about their feeding habits and the foods they prefer eating.

Lovebirds Feeding Habits

Lovebirds standing on a tree branch
Lovebirds standing on a tree branch (Airubon – Canva)

First and foremost, remember that your lovebird’s diet should consist mainly of fresh fruits and vegetables. Seeds, pellets, and grains should be given from time to time, as they are high in fat and can lead to obesity and metabolic disorders, except if they are organic with no additives.

Also, if you’re feeding your lovebird seeds, be sure to soak them in water before feeding them. Seeds contain fat and a substance that can cause your bird’s digestive tract to swell, which can lead to a painful death if they are not treated within 24 hours.

Unlike cats or dogs, birds have a smaller stomach and therefore, make sure to give them the right amount of food. Birds who are fed an abundance of food are likely to overeat and become overweight.

Why Are Lovebirds So Picky About Their Food?

hungry lovebird looking for food
Lovebird waking up for food (Srinuan Hirunwat – Canva)

Lovebirds are extremely picky about their food, and can be quite fussy sometimes. This can be really frustrating for new owners, especially if they’re not familiar with their feeding habits.

As a rule, most lovebirds are naturally very meticulous when it comes to their diet. In most cases, these birds will reject a food source if there is something wrong with it, be it the smell, taste, or texture. A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables will provide your bird with the necessary vitamins and minerals it needs to remain healthy.

It’s a good idea to let your lovebird choose its own food from time to time to prevent boredom. If you notice that your lovebird is eating less, it could indicate a health issue, so make sure to check with your vet right away.

What Are The Best Foods For A Lovebird

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Abyssinian Loverbird Eating Fruits (Petr Kosina – Flickr)

Lovebirds are mainly herbivorous, which means they consume mostly fruits and vegetables, and it’s key to feed your lovebird a wide variety of fresh produce, as this will provide it with the best possible nutrition.

  • Fruits are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber : They are very easy to digest and an excellent choice for its diet. Some popular fruits that lovebirds love, include, apples, bananas, cherries, grapes, oranges, and strawberries.
  • A wide variety of vegetables is also essential: Veggies are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making them a great choice for your bird’s meal. Some of the best vegetables to feed your lovebird include broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, cauliflower, and salad greens like lettuce.

Frequently Asked Questions About Feeding Your Lovebird

Are seeds a good choice for my lovebird?

No, seeds are not a good choice for your lovebird’s diet. While they are high in fat, seeds lack the necessary vitamins and minerals your bird needs to stay healthy.

Are dried fruits suitable for my lovebird?

Yes, dried fruits are an excellent choice for your lovebird’s diet. However, be sure to choose natural dried fruits and avoid those that have been artificially sweetened.

What is the best diet for a baby lovebird?

Baby birds don’t need seeds, so be sure to avoid feeding them this type of food. Instead, choose fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as a small amount of birdseed that has been specially formulated for babies.


Lovebirds are fun and interactive birds, perfect for first-time bird owners. Although they are relatively easy to care for, you need to make sure that you’re providing them with all the nutrients they need to stay healthy. Make sure to feed your lovebird a healthy and varied diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid feeding it seeds, as they are high in fat and can lead to obesity. If you follow these tips and keep an eye on your lovebird’s diet, you should be able to keep it happy and healthy. And who knows, maybe it will even become your new best friend.

Header Image Credit : James Lee – Unsplash

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Claire Howell

Claire Howell

Claire Howell is a Knoxville-based veterinarian who loves nature and all types of animals, from dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and rabbits. She graduated from a vet diploma in 2013 and has been working as a vet since. Claire lives with her husband and two children - both of whom are also animal lovers!

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