lovebird


love·bird

noun \ˈləv-ˌbərd\

: a small usually gray or green bird that is a type of parrot

lovebirds : people who are lovers : people who have a romantic relationship

Full Definition of LOVEBIRD

:  any of various small usually gray or green parrots (especially genus Agapornis of Africa) that show great affection for their mates

Examples of LOVEBIRD

  1. I think I'll leave you two lovebirds alone for a while.

First Known Use of LOVEBIRD

1595

lovebird

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Lovebirds (Agapornis personata).—Toni Angermayer

Any of nine species of small parrots (genus Agapornis, subfamily Psittacinae) of Africa and Madagascar. Popular as pets for their pretty colours and the seemingly affectionate closeness of pairs, lovebirds are 4–6 in. (10–16 cm) long, chunky, and short-tailed. Most have a red bill and a prominent eye ring. The two sexes look alike. Large flocks forage in woods and scrublands for seeds and may damage crops. Hardy and long-lived, they are combative toward other birds and have a loud, squawky voice. Though not easy to tame, they can be taught to perform tricks and mimic human speech to a limited extent.

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