Lovebirds, members of the genus Agapornis, are part of the parrot family. They are among the smallest parrots.
There are nine species of lovebirds. They are native to Africa, eight of the nine are native to the African mainland, and the other is native to Madagascar. They are all between 13-17 cm long, and weigh about 50 g. Regardless of the particular species, they are mostly green. The particular variations in the coloration, apart from the standard green, define the species.
Although they are native to Africa, they are popular pets all over the world. The numerous color morphs seen in captive lovebirds is a result of selective breeding. These artificially bred coloring patterns are not beneficial in the wild.