I did research before I got Peaches (around 6-8 weeks old) in November,
2004. Everything I read about the lifespan of lovebirds varied wildly from
15 years to 35 years. Even her avian vet waffled. I don't want aguarantee, I'd just like an average.
FWIW, Peaches is a happy, healthy bird. She eats a pellet diet but also gets treats of seed blends or bits of avi-cakes a couple of times a month, or millet spray or flax. She adores slices of gala apples and loves fresh greens like kale. I haven't found any citrus she cares for. And she's a bath-a-holic! Several times a month she splashes around in her over-sized water dish and gets soaked! It's fun to watch Emotion: smile
Jill
I did research before I got Peaches (around 6-8 weeks old) in November, 2004. Everything I read about the lifespan ... times a month she splashes around in her over-sized water dish and gets soaked! It's fun to watch Emotion: smile Jill

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Jill: From info gathered from books/Net, I've heard anywhere from 15 to
20 years. One book I have stated ten years is average, but I thinkthat's really on the low side. I suppose anything over 15 years is a bonus, but a lot depends on diet, environment, etc. I'm positive that genetics has a lot to do with longevity as well.

LindaA
I did research before I got Peaches (around 6-8 weeks ... dish and gets soaked! It's fun to watch Emotion: smile Jill

~~ Jill: From info gathered from books/Net, I've heard anywhere from 15 to 20 years. One book I have stated ... depends on diet, environment, etc. I'm positive that genetics has a lot to do with longevity as well. LindaA

Thanks, Linda. No one really can tell me. Even the avian vet doesn't know. I'll just enjoy her as long as she's around Emotion: smile She loves her toys, especially ringing bells and tugging on beaded toys. She's still a baby, only 2 years old. She's happy and so and am I Emotion: smile
Jill
15-18 years is probably a good working number in terms of actual longevity for a properly cared-for lovebird.
Don't worry about feeding citrus. Psittacines harbor a gut bacterium that produces vitamin C which the birds then absorb from the gut. Some vet authors feel that the acid in citrus may be detrimental to their beaks. We feed citrus to some of our hookbills (the ones that like it) with no apparent harm over many years.
Bob