The Beautiful Lovebird
Lovebirds are wonderful birds to keep as pets. They have all the personality of the larger parrots but are much smaller. Most lovebirds absolutely love to play and snuggle. They are very entertaining birds.
Lovebirds are wonderful birds to keep as pets.
They have all the personality of the larger parrots but are much smaller. Most lovebirds absolutely love to play and snuggle. They are very entertaining birds.
The scientific name for lovebirds is Agapornis. They are a very colorful, diverse group of birds from the parrot family. Lovebirds are originally from Africa but have been kept as pets for at least 100 years. The average size of these birds is only five to six inches in length. Even though this bird is so small, you must remember that they are from the parrot family and do have the capabilities and intelligence of the larger parrots.
There are nine species of lovebirds which are the Madagascar Lovebird, the Red-Faced Lovebird, the Abyssinian Lovebird, Swindern's Lovebird, the Peach-Faced Lovebird, the Nyasa Lovebird, the Black-cheeked Lovebird, Fischer's Lovebirds, and the Masked Lovebird. The Peach-Faced Lovebird is the species that is most commonly kept. It comes in many color varieties including blue, pied, violet, yellow, and green. The colors on lovebirds are very beautiful.
Lovebirds are very playful and inquisitive. When they are hand raised, they make a great pet. They are extremely active, have lots of personality, and are very sociable. If they are handled a lot, they will form a deep bond with their owner. Most lovebirds like to snuggle and cuddle up, but because they all have their own personalities, this cannot be said for all of them.
Some lovebirds can become very territorial and aggressive. It seems as if the females tend to be more jealous and territorial than males. However, if you get a hand raised baby, this shouldn't be a problem.
People commonly think that lovebirds must be kept in pairs, but this is not true. If you only have one bird, it will actually become more bonded to you than if you had more than one. However, if you only have one bird, it will need lots of attention. If you don't have a lot of time to spend with the bird, it is best if you get two so that your bird won't get bored.
The beak of lovebirds is hooked, which shows that they can eat many different seeds and nuts. However, this shouldn't be the only thing you feed or your bird will not get the vitamins it needs. You should feed your lovebird a variety of seeds, vegetables, and fruits so that it will be healthy.
When you choose a cage, get one that is big enough for your bird to move around and flap his wings without hitting the cage. Also get a cage big enough for toys and perches. The bars of the cage need to be small enough that the bird cannot fit their head between them and they should be horizontal so that the bird can climb. For the perches, it's best if you get natural wood.
Try to place the cage near a window so that your bird will get the sunshine it needs. However, don't put it so close that it is drafty.
Lovebirds are very smart and need lots of toys to keep them occupied. You should try to switch out the toys at least once a month so they don't get bored. Also, if any of the toys have a mirror on it; your bird may bond to the bird in the mirror rather than with you.
Lovebirds need at least ten hours of sleep a night. You should make sure that the room is dark for that long. If it can't stay dark for that long then get a cage cover and keep the cage covered for ten hours.
Lovebirds make great companions and if you take good care of them, they will be around for 10 to 25 years.
Just make sure you spend plenty of time with your bird, feed your bird a healthy diet, and make sure he has plenty of things to play with in his cage.
Do all this and you will have a great friend.