1) These monogamous birds reach sexual maturity when they're about ten months
old. Mating begins with courtship behavior, and can continue throughout their roughly
15-year lifespans. Monogamy is essential to the social stability of flocks and underlies
much of their social behavior.
2) The nine species classified as lovebirds come all from the genus Agapornis. Most
lovebirds have a green body and sport different head feather coloration. Their closest
relatives are hanging parrots, found in Asia.
3) Lovebirds are native to the forests and savannas of Sub-Saharan Africa and
Madagascar. Fossils of ancient lovebird species have been unearthed in South Africa,
dating to as far back as 1.9 million years ago.
4) Lovebirds survive on a healthy diet of seeds, berries, fruit, and occassionally insect
larva in the wild. In Africa, they're also known as crafty crop pests, as they feast on
millet and maize farms.