How long do lovebirds live in captivity?
All variables aside (diet, genetics, sub-species), a lovebird will live an average lifespan of 20 years in captivity. The oldest recorded age was a red-headed (redfaced) lovebird who survived to the ripe old age of 24.4 years.
How long do lovebirds live in the wild?
The lifespan of a lovebird in the wild is sadly much shorter. Lovebirds in the wild live an average lifespan of 5-7 years, depending on sex and location. If the lovebird is very lucky, she can live upwards of 12 years in the wild.
Unfortunately, life in the wild for a bird is quite difficult. There are many predators to worry about, not the least of which is humans.
Lovebirds in the wild also face starvation and disease as constant threats that can take their life quickly or slowly over time.
The difference really shows in comparison. Domesticated lovebirds have a far greater lifespan because they have constant safety and a balanced diet delivered to them every day, as well as veterinary care.
They rarely come into contact with predators or diseases or parasites. All of these things add up to a longer life span.
How to Improve the Lifespan of Your Lovebird?
There are many things that you can do to improve the lifespan of your lovebird. These methods all depend on what type of lovebird you have and what environment it is living in.
One way to increase the lifespan of your lovebird is by providing it with a balanced diet. A balanced diet means providing them with a variety of healthy foods instead of one or two types of food exclusively. Check out our various lists on the types of foods you should give your birds every day.
Another way you can increase your bird’s lifespan is by keeping it as calm and content as possible. This means not leaving the bird alone in an open space, not interrupting its sleep at night time, and making sure they have access to safe places where they can play during the daytime.
The third way to improve the lifespan of your lovebird is by providing it with high-quality veterinary care. This includes regular physical examinations, parasite prevention, and vaccinations against dangerous diseases when needed (such as avian influenza).
You can also provide your bird with toys! Toys are a great source of entertainment for birds because they keep them busy and give their brains something new to think about. It’s important that you pick up any pieces broken off from these types of toys so that there aren’t sharp edges or anything else hazardous in its cage/environment that could threaten the bird’s health.
Causes of sudden death in a lovebird
Sometimes no matter how hard we try, we can’t prevent the death of our lovebirds.
There are two common causes for sudden deaths in birds: trauma and toxicosis (exposure to toxins). Trauma happens when there is significant damage done to the body from outside forces like being attacked by another animal, falling abruptly from high heights, or hitting something quickly on accident while flying at night time.
Toxicosis occurs when your bird accidentally eats something poisonous or breathes fumes/gas into its lungs.
Night fright is also another concern for lovebirds. Night fright is when a bird becomes startled by something during the nighttime hours (such as another animal) and it can trigger an adrenaline response that leads to sudden death in some cases.
This is fairly common in cockatiels, budgies, and finches. Even the smallest of noises can set up night fright. This is because, at nighttime, the birds are very calm and unsuspecting.
If it’s not their heart that has an issue, it’s when they become frenzied and bash into things inside their cages. This can cause instant death in some circumstances.
Aspergillosis: Aspergillus is a common fungal infection that is extremely dangerous to birds.
The disease is caused by an infection in the airways. These fungi are usually found in decaying vegetation, in moldy hay or straw, and on bird droppings. Generally speaking, these fungi live on just about everything, including on a bird’s body. Generally, this doesn’t cause a problem to the animal.
It is only when the immune system becomes compromised that they have a chance of taking over (usually due to illness or stress).
This infection kills thousands of birds every year and is fairly common because of how common the aspergillus fungus is.
While heartbreaking, it’s important to learn from these experiences so as not to repeat them again in the future.