Why Do Love Birds Attack Each Other? [ANSWERED! + FAQs]

Love birds can be really loving but they can be really aggressive at times too! In fact, you may have come across cases where your love birds will actually attack each other. As I was really curious as to why and how they do this, I did a little of my own online research and came up with a definitive answer. Here’s what I found:

Lovebirds attack each other because they can get quite territorial and agitated if they are in the same cage for too long. In many cases, lovebirds of the same gender mistaken to be a bonded pair get territorial and attack each other. Attacks are most common among female lovebirds and Peach-faced Lovebirds.

Love birds actually attack each other due to multiple reasons. If you read on in this article, I will cover more details on the reasons and more answers to FAQs that you may need to be answered. Let’s go!

Why Do Lovebirds Attack Each Other? (Full Answer)

Chances are, if you’re reading this, then you’re probably really out of your wits because your lovebirds seem to be fighting non-stop. No worries, I’ll be helping you understand this behavior!

Firstly, you need to understand that lovebirds are extremely territorial birds. In fact, all birds are extremely territorial where they defend their spaces in the wild. Despite being tame for many years by humans, lovebirds still retain their territorial instincts, just like dogs that bark when neighbors walk past!

Here’s how bad it can get:

Birds in the wild typically will defend their territorial spaces using the birdsongs and sounds that they make. These warn other potential rivals to keep away from their spaces and their mates. In the same way, your lovebirds may still maintain this behavior especially when they see another lovebird of the same gender.

Okay, here’s the crucial part that many lovebird owners miss out on: Lovebirds are often mistaken between their genders because they look so similar! Many pet shops just assume that a pair of birds are male and female without confirming it with their DNA.

Get this: A DNA test is the only way you can tell a lovebird’s gender with certainty. Why is this so important? This is because lovebirds of the same gender are more territorial and will attack each other with more ferocity, and sometimes to the point of death.

This is particularly seen between two female lovebirds that have been mistaken for a male-female bonded pair for the longest time, only for their owners to find out they aren’t when they fight to the death when they hit sexual maturity.

In other cases, even when the lovebirds you have are DNA-confirmed to be a male-female bonded pair, they may still fight occasionally. This can purely be due to birds being highly territorial creatures, even within their own pair.

Think of it as some ‘space’ needed between partners in a relationship or marriage. Birds also need some ‘space’. Another possible reason is that when lovebirds successfully mate, they may be sensitive and become protective of their chicks.

So you may be wondering: what can I do to prevent this? A simple and effective strategy that many bird owners from forums agree on would be this: Set up two separate cages to house each of the lovebirds in a pair but place them next to each other.

This allows them to communicate with each other, without any physical contact. This can prevent scratching, biting, and other aggressive behavior, allowing them some ‘space to breathe’ from each other.

How Do I Know If My Lovebirds Are Fighting?

Lovebirds often fight by biting, nipping, and pecking at each other’s feet and beaks. Lovebirds usually fight when they are arguing over food, territory, or simply if they are aggressive to another bird of the same gender. Female lovebirds are more likely to fight with other female lovebirds than male lovebirds.

Here’s a video example of lovebirds fighting:

Can Love Birds Kill Each Other?

Lovebirds have been known to kill each other if they aggressively attack each other. Female lovebirds are most likely to aggressively attack and kill other female lovebirds because of their territorial nature, to defend chicks, or simply because they need their own space in their shared cages.

Why Are My Lovebirds Biting Each Other’s Beaks?

Lovebirds commonly bite each other’s beaks when they are arguing over food, toys, defending chicks, territorial spaces, and when they face rivalry with another lovebird of the same gender. Female lovebirds and peach-faced lovebirds tend to bite each other’s beaks more often and with more aggression.

How Long Does It Take For Lovebirds To Bond?

Lovebirds typically take about 6 months to a year to bond with a human. However, this duration can vary depending on the length and quality of time spent together in a favorable environment.

A pair of lovebirds typically take 2 – 21 days to bond but can take up to a year to do so. The bonding duration of lovebirds depends on several factors such as having similar temperaments, how young they are first introduced to each other, and whether they are moderated well to prevent aggressive fighting.

Is It Normal For Lovebirds to Bite Each Other?

It is normal for lovebirds to bite each other. Lovebirds often bite each other when they quarrel over food or space. However, lovebirds that get territorial and bite each other aggressively should be separated or allowed to only mix with each other in a neutral location.

Can you Put 2 Male Lovebirds Together?

Two male lovebirds can be put together because males tend to be much less aggressive to each other than female lovebirds. However, the two male love birds must be introduced to each other gradually, from a young age, bonding in a common location, and eventually with a sufficiently-sized cage.

Can You Put 2 Female Lovebirds Together?

Two female lovebirds should not be put together in the same cage. Female lovebirds tend to get very territorial when defending their chicks or rivalry with other lovebirds of the same gender. Female lovebirds should only be allowed to interact in a common location if they have good temperaments.

Can Lovebirds Hurt Each Other?

Lovebirds can definitely hurt each other if they aggressively attack each other for long periods. Two female lovebirds can have territorial issues and hurt each other badly – sometimes causing death. Peach-faced lovebirds are known to be more likely to hurt each other than other breeds.

Can You Put Different Types of Lovebirds Together?

Different types of lovebirds can be put together in a common location to interact. However, the different lovebirds need to be separated in their own cages when they sleep as they are very territorial in nature. Female lovebirds are known to be more territorial and fight with each other more often than male lovebirds.

Can 2 Pairs Of Lovebirds Live Together?

Two pairs of lovebirds can live together in a common location for play but should be kept in separate cages when they sleep. Lovebirds can be very territorial and one pair may fight with lovebirds of the same gender in the other pair.

Can You Have 3 Lovebirds Together?

Three lovebirds can live together in a common location for play but should be kept in separate cages when they sleep. Lovebirds can be very territorial and may fight with lovebirds of the same gender. Male lovebirds are more tolerant of living together than female ones because they are less aggressive.

Can I put 4 Lovebirds Together?

Four lovebirds can live together in a common location for play but should be kept in separate cages when they sleep. Lovebirds can be very territorial and one pair may fight with lovebirds of the same gender in the other pair. Male lovebirds may be more tolerant to living together in a group of 4.

Can You Tame A Pair of Lovebirds?

A pair of lovebirds can be tamed over time and can take up to 6 months to a year to bond with humans. Lovebirds need to receive extra care and quality time over long periods before they trust and show affection to their owners.

Do Two Male Lovebirds Fight?

Two male lovebirds do fight if they are quarreling over food, space, or territory. However, male lovebirds are less territorial so they fight with much less aggression and less frequency than female lovebirds.

Why Are My Male and Female Lovebirds Fighting?

Male and female lovebirds can fight due to a number of reasons: (1) Food, (2) Territorial Space, (3) Defending of Chicks, and (4) when the bonded pair is not DNA-confirmed to be a male-female pair. Owners often mistake their female-female pairs to be male-female, leading to aggressive fighting.

Are My Lovebirds Playing or Fighting?

If lovebirds are lightly nipping at each other’s beaks, they are likely to be playing instead of fighting. When lovebirds fight, they bite, nip, and peck at each other’s beaks, feet, and feathers. Female lovebirds are more likely to be aggressive and fight instead of play with each other.

Why Do Lovebirds Bite Each Other’s Feet?

Lovebirds bite each other’s feet to either show their dominance or establish their territory in their caged locations.

Final Thoughts

So now you know a lot about lovebirds and how they often fight each other. Hopefully, you would have learned a lot from reading this article. I had fun and learned a lot from researching for this article! Thanks for reading and happy birding!!


Justin is a hobbyist birder that hopes to share his birding knowledge with the world. His favorite bird is the Large-tailed Nightjar and he really loves potato chips!

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