Sometimes, The Smallest Things Take Up The Most Room In Your Heart.

Sometimes, The Smallest Things Take Up The Most Room In Your Heart.

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Lovebirds are delightful little parrots that have been kept as pets for over 100 years! There are 9 species of these colorful, stocky little birds. There is also a wide variety of colorful mutations that have been developed within these species in captive bred lovebirds.
In the wilds, lovebirds live in flocks and are very social. The size of the flock varies with each species. Within the flock individual lovebirds will often pair up and be mates for life, staying very close to each other and constantly grooming each other. They display very loving affection, hence they termed "lovebirds".
Lovebirds are lively flyers and climbers, and as pets they are enjoyed for these antics as much as they are enjoyed for their beauty and their affectionate displays to their mate. The most popular and readily available species are the Peach-faced Lovebird, the Fischer’s Lovebird, and the Masked Lovebird.

Special Characteristics:

  • The Lovebird is an intelligent and affectionate bird.
  • It has the ability to learn to talk and whistle. Its speech is clear and distinct.
  • It responds eagerly to your voice and expects a loving gesture as a reward.
  • Lovebirds are very hardy and do not need to be kept particularly warm all the time, but should not be exposed to freezing conditions.
  • It is small in size but it is a big parrot by temperament.

Temperament:
Very active, curious, and playful, the Lovebirds pack a lot of personality into a small package. They are also feisty little birds. They are very social and form deep bonds with their owners and are sometimes very cuddly birds, but their intense personalities can also make them prone to nipping and territorial aggressiveness and jealousy. Hand-raised babies make the best pets. Some experts believe that females are more prone to jealousy and territoriality than males.

Lovebirds in Brief: 
Adult Size: Lovebirds are 5 to 7 inches in length (13 to 17 cm), Females tend to be slighter larger than the males.
Weight: Their weight range is 1.5 to 2.1 ounce (42 to 60 g).
Life Span: 10 to 15 years.

Health Issues: Although hardy birds, but the Lovebird are prone to accidents owing to their small size. They are also very sensitive to their environment; therefore, hygiene and cleanliness must be maintained. Water should be changed every day and food should not be kept over 3 hours in the cage. Clean their cage with anti-bacterial solutions from time to time. Usually active, energetic and healthy lovebird can suffer from common diseases like any other bird. These health issues are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Anorexia
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Feather plucking
  • Beak swelling
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Favoring one foot
  • Eye or nasal discharge
  • Red or swollen eyes

Diet: A lovebird strives best on grains, fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds, pellets and meats. Since home-made food does not meet your bird's all nutritional needs, try some commercial foods with the ingredients like White Millet, Sunflower Seed, Black Millet, Linseed, Pumpkin Seed, Cracked Corn, Peanut, Nut, Bird Crushed Biscuit (Soybean Meal, Meat & Bone Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Dried Tomato Pomace, Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Gum, Wheat Flour, Ground Limestone, Ground Peanuts), Dehydrated Tropical Fruits, Dehydrated Vegetable, Dehydrated Alfalfa, Wheat Germ Meal, Fluid Extract Of Herb, Granulated bird Feed (Egg Powder, Dried Skimmed Milk, Essential Vitamins And Minerals).

  • Small hook bill
  • Small or mini pellets
  • Fresh vegetables
  • In the while they eat fruit and berries, so these can be a nice addition to the diet.
  • Some whole grains such as cooked quinoa, sprouted bread, and millet on occasion.
Vitamin and calcium supplements should be added in their diet from time to time. Remember, your pet's diet will improve its health and will keep it content.

Lovebird As A Pet:
Affectionate and intelligent, Lovebirds can be taught to give kisses, step-up, wave a foot, and many other tricks. Lovebirds also have the ability to learn to whistle and talk. They can speak with clarity and will respond to your voice with eager enthusiasm. Some Lovebirds can become nippy if they are not raised with consistency and gentle guidance. Fearless by nature, Lovebirds will stand up to other pets in the house so please keep them separated. Their curiosity will let them investigate everything so keep a watchful eye on them at all times.