For more than a century, lovebirds have been kept as pets by bird lovers due to their beauty, high activity and gregarious nature. Native to the wilds of Madagascar and Africa, individual lovebirds pair up within their flocks to be mates for life, providing constant companionship, affection and grooming services for one another. While there are two naturally occurring blue varieties of lovebirds, there also is a violet version of these tiny parrots that can be engineered through planned breeding.
Blue Masked Lovebird
One of the most popular of all lovebirds, the Blue Masked Lovebird features the same black "mask" as other masked variations, and blue feathers that cover the rest of their bodies. Their blue color varies in shade from a light blue to cobalt to a dark blue slate shade. The Blue Masked Lovebird variation is found in the wild, but they do well in captivity and are great as first pets. Like other lovebird varieties, these tiny blue parrots are highly social, active and playful, and it is a commonly held notion that these birds be kept in pairs.
Dutch Blue Lovebird
The bright blue mutation of the popular Peachfaced Lovebird is called the Dutch Blue. Originally created in Holland in1963, the Dutch Blue Lovebird was engineered by reducing the red and yellow pigments of the bird's feathers. The brow, bib and face of the Dutch Blue Lovebird are a light, creamy color, and an orange band runs across the forehead. With the same friendly, playful manner as the Peachfaced, the Dutch Blue Lovebird is an intelligent little parrot that thrives on companionship and affection.
Whitefaced Blue Lovebird
Like the Dutch Blue, the Whitefaced Blue Lovebird is another mutation of the Peachfaced Lovebird but features the Opaline mutation in addition the the reduced yellow and red pigments of the feathers. Whitefaced Blue Lovebirds didn't appear until the 1980s, and like all blue lovebirds with the Opaline mutation, they feature a creamy white, gray colored hood, their foreheads sometimes tinted faintly orange. The Whitefaced Blue Lovebird, like the Dutch Blue, features bright blue feathers on its tail and rump while greenish-blue feathers fill out the rest of its plumage.