- Good for novice owners
- Best solo or in pairs
- Small size
- Medium activity level
- Medium Trainability
- High sociability with people
Lovebirds are part of the Parrot family, originating in the dry lands of Africa. They were first brought to Europe in the early 19th century. There are several different types of lovebirds; some are available as pets, while others have never been domesticated. Peach Faced Lovebirds and Fisher's Lovebirds are two of the most commonly seen varieties available for sale as pets. Lovebirds are one of the most popular pet birds worldwide.
Lovebirds are small parrots, and despite their diminutive size are very similar to their larger cousins. They are very intelligent and trainable, and some can be taught to do trick and mimic speech. Much like the larger parrots, they are social, affectionate, boisterous and quite demanding. However, unlike their larger kin, they are far easier and cheaper to keep.
They are active little birds, always playful and ready to have fun. They are clever and inquisitive, and are happiest when they are kept busy. Lovebirds are extremely loyal, in the wild, they mate for life, and when kept as a solo pet they bond deeply with their owner. If left alone too much they can get depressed and ill. They do not change hands well. Lovebirds can be kept in pairs or solo. Solo birds tend to bond closer with their owner, while two birds are better for owners who have to work a lot and cannot dedicate the daily time needed to give them all the attention they desire.
Lovebirds are cheerful merry birds. They can be a little noisy, but are not as vocal as the larger parrots are. Taming and training can take time, but with dedication is completely achievable. They are best suited for home with older children or no children as they could nip a child or be accidentally hurt by one.
Lovebirds require a cage large enough for several perches, mirrors, bells, toys, and food and water dishes. There should also be enough room for the bird to fly around freely. Instead of buying commercially made perches, owners can use natural branches of different sizes and type; apple, alder, maple or beech work wonderfully. Be sure to use only branches that are pesticide free. Lovebirds enjoy fresh air and sunshine, and will enjoy having their cage set outside on nice days. Cages outside should be safe from direct sun, wind, rain and predators like outdoor cats.
Once tame, Lovebirds enjoy getting out of their cage to fly around and get some exercise. When allowing them out of their cage, owners should make sure all windows and doors are securely shut, ceiling fans are turned off, and all water is covered. Care should also be taken in multi-pet homes with cats, some breeds of dogs, ferrets and pet snakes.
Appearance and Care:
Lovebirds are stout little parrots. There are several different varieties of Lovebirds, but most measure about 6 inches from head and tail and weigh about 40-60 grams when full grown. Most wild species of Lovebirds are majority green with bright coloured upper bodies. Bright green is also the most commonly seen colour for pet Lovebirds, but they are also available in myriad of other bright vibrant colours.
Like all birds, Lovebirds should have a bath or warm water mist shower at least once a week. Most lovebirds enjoy baths so usually giving them an appropriate sized dish filled with warm water does the trick. For the occasional Lovebird that does not enjoy a birdbath, owner should give them a mist shower once a week with warm water to help keep them clean.
Health and Diet:*
Lovebirds are hardy little birds with an average life span of around 12 years. They are healthy birds that have a natural resistance to many of the diseases that affect larger parrots. To be safe, it is recommended that all new birds be taken to the veterinarian within their first week of purchase. It is uncommon, but some Lovebirds can have psittacosis, which is a respiratory disease that can affect humans. With all birds, any new Lovebirds brought into a home with pre-existing birds should be quarantines for at least a month to ensure they are healthy and do not carry any contagious diseases.
Proper nutrition is an essential part of maintaining a Lovebirdâ€™s good health. Much like any parrot, they should eat seeds, and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables; seeds should make up 25% of their diet. Good quality Lovebird seed can be bought in any reputable pet store. All fruits and vegetables should be washed thoroughly before serving to ensure they are washed cleaned of all pesticides. Most Lovebirds enjoy grated carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, oranges, apples, melon and bananas. Fruit should always be carefully deseeded before feeding as most fruit seeds contain cyanide and are dangerous. Their water should be changed at least once a day. Lovebirds should also be given a cuttlebone to ensure they get proper calcium.