Psittaculidae – Old world parrots

The love for sugary food like nectar in some birds, like lories, makes Old World parrots different from other parrots

It encompasses a broad range of parrot species commonly found in the Old World, particularly in the Australasian region, Africa, and Asia. Members of this family exhibit the vibrant plumage and hooked beaks characteristic of parrots, along with a diversity of tail lengths ranging from the short tails of some lovebirds to the long, elegant tails of parakeets.

Within Psittaculidae, the lovebirds (genus Agapornis) are notable for their strong pair bonds and the colonial nesting habits they often display. These small, brightly colored parrots are known for their affectionate nature toward their partners, often seen sitting closely together, hence their name “lovebird.”

Psittaculidae species have adapted to a variety of habitats, from dense woodlands and rainforests to the more open savannas and grasslands. Their adaptability in diet and nesting behavior has allowed them to thrive in diverse environments. While most species prefer to nest in tree hollows or rock crevices, utilizing natural formations for protection, there are unique exceptions like the Ground Parrot from Australia, which nests on the ground, usually at the base of a bush, making it an outlier within the tree-dwelling family.

The intelligence of Psittaculidae parrots is on par with that of other parrot families, with many species demonstrating the ability to mimic human speech and sounds from their environment. This cognitive ability, along with their striking colors and engaging personalities, has made them popular pets around the world.

However, their popularity as pets has also made them vulnerable to capture for the pet trade, which, when combined with habitat destruction and other environmental pressures, has led to a decline in some species’ populations. Furthermore, some species have adapted to urban environments, where they may be considered both charming residents and, at times, pests.