How To Tell The Gender Of A Lovebird? Male vs Female Lovebird:

Lovebirds encompass the nine species that belong to the genus Agapornis. Available in various beautiful colors, they tend to have bright plumage.

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However, it is really difficult to know the gender of your lovebird which is essential if you choose to pet them.

This will affect not only the nutritional care that you are supposed to provide as an owner but also how you bring them up because the social needs vary due to differences in behaviors.

How to tell the gender of a lovebird if it is male or female?

There are three crucial ways in which the gender differentiation between male and female lovebirds can be done:

  1. Scientific method by using DNA to know the gender
  2. Use of physical appearance for demarcation
  3. Habits and behavioral aspects 

The scientific method of identifying lovebirds’ gender:

You can use a DNA sample from your bird to determine whether it is a male or female lovebird. This molecular method is now the most effective and cost-effective.

A single drop of blood is enough to reveal whether you have a male or female lovebird. It is critical to maintain the sample’s hygiene so that the analysis can be more accurate. This is the only foolproof method for knowing if the lovebird is a male or a female.

Use of visual (physical) differences for differentiation:

Although physical signs are not always reliable, there are some things to look for. Please keep in mind that these signs are only indicators and not guarantees.

Following are the physical details one can look for:

  1. Size: Males are generally thought to be larger, but this is a common misconception. The point is that when they are on the perches, their posture changes, and their eyes appear to widen.
  2. Head shape: Female lovebirds have a very rounded and proportionate head to their bodies. Compared to females, males have blockier, less curled skulls.
  3. Eye ring: Large rings around the eyes are more likely to be found in female lovebirds than in their male counterparts.
  4. Beak: A very evident difference is that the females have a larger and wider beak.
  5. Palpation of pelvic bones: Females have their pelvic bones slightly more separated than males.

The difference in habits and behavior

Below is a table that shows major differences in the characteristics of male and female lovebirds which can help you distinguish between the two genders:

Behavioral aspectMale lovebirdsFemale lovebirds
AttitudeMore affectionate and Less fearfulMore aggressive and independent attitude more territorial than male counterpartsMore jealous as it is likely to reject a new lovebird introduced from the very first moment
Laborforce divisionSearches for foodBuilds nest on branches and leaves
Behavior during the breeding periodIt will stay mostly in the nest since it has to incubateWill move away from the nest

In case you are the owner of a pair of lovebirds, here is what you can look for. Whether they fertilize or not, the female will still deposit eggs.

You can question whether you have a pair of male or female lovebirds if all you have is a single egg. However, the two genera will be obvious if the egg bursts into a calf.

Finally, you might have two females if more than eight to nine eggs hatch in a short period of time.

Should I get a male or female lovebird?

It depends on what you are looking for and at which stage. In case you want an easy-to-handle lovebird, a male lovebird is what you should go for.

Regardless of this, both male and female lovebirds are very playful pets if they are brought at a young age and you gel with them appropriately.

You should rather look for healthy birds.

How to sex peach-faced lovebirds?

Even for a novice, breeding peach-faced lovebirds are pretty simple.

While the females are frequently visibly stouter, the males typically tend to be smaller and thinner. Males are often shy and nice, whereas females are spunkier, more likely to nip, and more likely to argue.


Whether it be the African lovebirds or the Blue lovebirds, Fischer lovebirds or Indian lovebirds, identifying whether the lovebird is a male or female follows mostly the above-cited common criterion.

You should be careful that the probability of inaccuracy is really high if you do not employ the scientific method. Other ways can be helpful for general differences but may not yield sure shot results.