How Do Lovebirds Sleep? Everything About Lovebirds Sleeping:

One of the most interesting things about a lovebird is the way it sleeps. Breeders who raise lovebirds in captivity often find their lovebirds almost stuck to the sides of their cages when they are asleep. 

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No matter how many perches are created in their cage or aviary, and no matter how well made their nesting box is, lovebirds are mostly found toward the top of their cage when night falls.

How do lovebirds sleep?

Lovebirds sleep while hanging in their cages at night. They hang on to either the sides of their cages or toward the top of their cage. 

Even in their natural habitat, these birds do not sleep in their nests. They prefer to sleep on branches that are located higher on a tall tree. 

When raised in captivity, these birds still prefer to sleep either on the highest perch toward the edge of their cages or aviaries or while hanging on to the upper parts of their cages.

They grip the bars of their cages with their feet while sleeping and also use their beaks to grip the bars at times.

Do lovebirds sleep standing up?

Lovebirds can sleep all night while standing up. They can also sleep while sitting as well. They usually grip the perch or the metal bars of their cages while sleeping, and their grip is always tight.

Do lovebirds sleep on one leg?

Lovebirds can sleep on one leg. They usually rest on one leg to gain some relaxation during the day. But it is not very uncommon to see them sleep while resting on one leg as well.

Do lovebirds sleep upside down?

Lovebirds usually hang upside down when they are in a playful mood. It is not uncomfortable for them. At times, they can even be found sleeping in this position as well.

Do lovebirds sleep with their eyes open?

Lovebirds sleep with their eyes closed. They require darkness while sleeping because it helps them sleep better and closing their eyes also helps them relax with greater ease.

Can lovebirds be trained to sleep in their nesting boxes?

The sleeping pattern of a lovebird is so deeply ingrained that it gets difficult to train them to adapt to nesting boxes while sleeping at night.

It has been observed that even when their owners detach them from the bars of their cages and put them to sleep in their nesting boxes, these birds don’t take long before they fly back to their preferred place to sleep at night – which is the bars toward the upper sides of their cages.

Why do lovebirds sleep so differently?

The reason behind their unusual sleeping pattern can be summed up in three points:

  1. They feel secure.

Lovebirds are sensitive birds that get scared easily. Hence, their natural instinct to protect themselves from any possible predators is to stay on the topmost branches where they can’t be reached easily.

Roosting toward the topmost part of their cages brings them the same level of reassurance that roosting on a high branch does. 

Even though they are safe from predators inside their cages, they still prefer to sleep while hanging on to the topmost bars of their cages. 

If possible, they would prefer to sleep even above the topmost perch in their cage as it brings them greater reassurance and a feeling of security.

  1. Their comfort needs are different.

The reason lovebirds choose metal bars to roost instead of carefully made nesting boxes is that their comfort needs in regards to roosting are different. 

When lovebirds sit on a wooden perch or a stick, they need to use more energy in order to have a firm grip on it. The softer the material of the perch, the more energy they are required to use in order to maintain their balance.

While sitting on a softer perch is not an issue during the daytime, they prefer the comfort of the heavy metal bars of their cage that allow them to use as less energy as possible. This allows them to sleep more comfortably as compared to their nesting boxes.

  1. Low vision at night

Lovebirds have low vision at night. This means that they are not able to see as clearly as they do during the daytime. This is also the reason why they are sensitive about their roosting places. 

They prefer to hang on to the cages at night in order to check for any possible predators in the area. They are also light sleepers, which means that they wake up easily with the slightest noise and continue to stay alert after that. 

How do lovebirds maintain their balance while sleeping?

Lovebirds maintain their balance while sleeping because of a tissue in their body called the flexor tendon. Flexor tendon begins from their waist and extends down the tip of their toes.

When lovebirds stand, their flexor tendon stays relaxed, which in turn keeps their toes or claws relaxed. However, when the lovebirds sit, their flexor tendon gets stretched which naturally makes the lovebirds fold their claws.

As long as the lovebirds bend their legs (like they do while sitting), their flexor tendon will help them keep their claws bent. This naturally gives them a firm grip on the branches or the perches. 

This allows them to sit comfortably on the bars of their cages all night long and sleep comfortably without the possibility of falling and hurting themselves – all the while maintaining their balance with ease.

How to design an aviary without metal bars?

In case the lovebirds are kept and raised in aviaries and there is no presence of any metal bars that help them sleep better at night, the following things should be kept in mind while designing the said aviary:

Important FeaturesReason
Presence of a thick perchA thick perch must be available in the aviary if metal bars are not an option. This is because they provide a better sense of security as compared to perches made of thinner wood or sticks.
Location of the thick perchThe thick perch must be located as close to the roof of the aviary as possible. This is because lovebirds prefer to sleep as far from the ground as possible.
Material of the thick perchWhile making a perch for the purpose of roosting, it is preferred to use the woods that are thick enough to not break easily by hand. However, some people also use thick plastic tubes instead of wood and that can also work in many cases. The main thing to keep in mind is that the material needs to be sturdy and not slippery. That is the reason wood is the most widely used material to make a perch.

Possible harmful aftereffect of a lovebird’s sleeping habits:

There is only one possible aftereffect of a lovebird’s sleeping habits that can prove to be harmful to their wellbeing:

  • Exposure to household predators

While the sleeping pattern of a lovebird is naturally designed to keep it safe as it sleeps, it can also expose the lovebird to possible predators living in its owner’s house. These predators include:

  1. Rats
  2. Lizards
  3. Household pets like cats

There have been cases where lovebirds have been harmed by such predators as they were hanging on to their cages at night. At times, these predators bite their legs, but they are also capable of eating the whole claw of the lovebird.

Hence, it is very important to keep an active eye out for any possible predators in the household in case one wants to raise these birds by themselves.

How many hours of sleep do lovebirds need?

A lovebird requires at least 12 hours of sleep per night on average. They must be left undisturbed during the entirety of their sleep time.

Do lovebirds nap during the day?

Lovebirds are known to be able to nap during the daytime. While their nighttime sleep is most important for them, many lovebirds are also seen sleeping for a short time during the day in order to relax.

Can lovebirds see in the dark?

Lovebirds can not see properly in the dark. This is the reason they are always wary of predators at nighttime, and choose to sleep on the highest of perches.

Are lovebirds afraid of the dark?

Lovebirds tend to be more alert at night, which suggests that they are indeed afraid of the dark. Given their slightly poor vision at nighttime, it is easy for them to become prey to unwanted predators. 

While they also require darkness to be able to have a sound sleep, they need to feel safe and secure in order to be able to sleep.

When do lovebirds sleep and wake up?

Lovebirds are much in tune with the natural cycle of the day. This is the reason they sleep after sunset and wake up during the daytime. They can also tend to take short naps during the daytime.

Why is my lovebird sleeping at the bottom of the cage? 

There are several reasons why a lovebird can choose to sleep at the bottom of the cage instead toward the roof, such as:

  1. Your lovebird is injured.

Injured lovebirds, especially when they are injured in the feet, find it hard to have a stable grip on any perch. Thus, they can choose to sleep on the ground in such cases.

  1. Your lovebird is unwell.

If the lovebird is unhealthy or unwell in any way, it can prevent them from being able to have a sound sleep at night. In such cases, it is better to get them checked by an avian veterinarian.

  1. Your lovebird feels unsafe.

When a lovebird feels the presence of a predator near the top of the cage or aviary, it can choose to stay near the bottom of the cage or on the ground. In such cases, it is recommended to thoroughly check the area near the cage or aviary and cover it with a cloth in order to make the lovebirds feel protected.

What happens when lovebirds don’t get enough sleep?

Lovebirds can become unwell if they do not get sufficient amounts of sleep per night. They can also become more sensitive and hyper than usual in such cases. 

When their sleep is disturbed, it can cause them to be louder and even lose their appetite.

They can become frustrated and can even bite their owners or whoever comes to pet or feed them. 

Apart from behavioral issues, lovebirds can also suffer from depression if they don’t get sufficient amounts of sleep for a prolonged period of time.

Why does my lovebird squeak or chirp at night?

Having a disturbed sleep or not being able to sleep due to some reason can cause a lovebird to be noisy at night time. They can also squeak or chirp at night if they feel the presence of a predator.

Where do baby lovebirds sleep?

During the first few weeks after the hatching of eggs, baby lovebirds sleep in their nesting boxes. 

As their bodies start developing and they start to fly, baby lovebirds tend to leave their nesting boxes to roost on the topmost perch or hang on the metal bars of their cages like their parents. 

Do baby lovebirds sleep a lot?

Yes, baby lovebirds sleep even more than fully grown lovebirds. In the initial stages of growth, a baby lovebird’s routine only includes eating and sleeping.

Extra precautions that breeders can take to ensure better sleep:

There are a few things that breeders can do that can make it easier for the lovebirds to get a better quality of sleep. They are mentioned as follows:

  1. Switch off the lights near their cages/aviaries

It is better to switch off any lights at night near the cages or the aviaries where the lovebirds are kept. This helps them fall asleep more quickly.

  1. Keep the sleeping space as silent as possible

Lovebirds are light sleepers, which means that they wake up with even the softest of sounds. It is best to keep their sleeping space as silent as possible so as to ensure an undisturbed sleep.

  1. Cover their cages/aviaries with cloth

Covering their cages or aviaries further helps them in feeling secure at night. It also helps in blocking any unwanted light that might disturb their sleep.


While it may seem like a daunting task, it is quite easy to help a lovebird have a sound sleep. 

It is very important to adhere to their natural sleep cycle and to ensure that they have an undisturbed and sound sleep. 

This helps in making sure that the lovebirds stay healthy, friendly, and joyful.

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