Lovebird

A bird owner's guide to the lovebird

The lovebird is a small, social parrot named for its strong lifelong monogamous mating habits. A lovebird couple will often spend hours sitting beside one another, but birds kept in pairs tend not to be too much in love with each other to interact with their human companions as much as single lovebirds do.

Origins and Natural Habitat

Lovebirds are native to Africa and Madagascar, and for this reason, they're sometimes collectively referred to as "African lovebirds." Since their domestication, many different color variations have been produced by breeding lovebirds selectively. Red-faced, black-collared, Abyssinian, black-cheeked, masked and peachface lovebirds are among the more common species variants.

Appearance and Characteristics

Size: African lovebirds average about 6 to 8 inches in length a little over half an ounce in weight.

Plumage: Wild lovebirds are predominantly green, with a smattering of vibrant hues flecking their upper bodies. As with most relatives of the parrot, breeders have created an enormous range of other colors and color combinations, but green is almost always dominant, or at least present, in the primary plumage.

Song/Chirp: These birds sing almost incessantly. In fact, it's best to keep them caged away from your bedroom to ensure their early-morning chirping doesn't wake you up. Their songs are higher-pitched, cheerful and pleasant.

Behavior

Lovebirds, particularly peachface lovebirds, are well-known for escaping their cages at every available opportunity. They are also not to be trusted around wooden paneling and will tear paper apart, so keep them away from books. Bird toys, particularly puzzles, can help them stay occupied and keep their destructive tendencies in check.

As their name suggests, these birds live to mate. They make excellent parents, and breeding lovebirds will lay four to six eggs every other day. Eggs hatch after 23 days.

Health and Care

Feeding: A standard mix of 14 seed varieties, supplemented with pellets, fruits and vegetables, is recommended as part of proper lovebird care.

Grooming: Lovebirds are very clean. You won't need to do any more than provide them with a clean birdbath and keep an eye on the length of their beaks and nails. Professional beak and nail trimming is strongly recommended if either grows too long.

Health Concerns: Because they love to chew things, these birds can easily injure their beaks and mouths and may accidentally ingest toxic substances. Be careful to keep chocolate, coffee, rhubarb and avocado out of their reach, and hide any exposed electrical wires to ensure they don't peck at them if they should escape their cage.

Life Expectancy: Lovebirds live about 10 to 12 years.

Finding Lovebirds for Sale

Most pet stores specializing in birds will offer a range of different lovebirds for sale. Prices vary from breed to breed, with peachfaced lovebirds fetching about $40 and rarer variants commanding $100 or more. Expect to spend about $50 to $100 on a good bird cage and about $15 to $25 a month for feed, bird perches and toys.

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Posted by Yovai on August 16,2013 at 08:04 PM
Ah, i see. Well thta's not too tricky at all!"
Posted by elljesslove on May 04,2011 at 10:42 PM
I had two love birds now I have one I beleve one killed the other does this happened often , is it safe to put another bird in with him.
Posted by Jesse on May 04,2011 at 10:16 PM
We have a love bird, we had two but one died we think there is a chance the one we have now killed the other,do you think it is safe to get another.
Posted by Gary Doele on October 21,2010 at 09:45 AM
WE JUST BOUGHT A MALE LOVEBIRD, THE SHOP SAID IT'S MATE HAD DIED SO SHE PUT HIM IN WITH SOME OTHER BIRDS FOR COMPANY. wE OWN A QUAKER PARROT THATS 15 , IS IT OK TO PUT THE 2 TOGEATHER, WILL THEY GET ALONG ANY ADVICE WOULD BE GREAT, tHANKS gARY
Posted by Kat on September 29,2010 at 01:04 PM
I have two love birds from the same parents. Same litter. They fought so I separated them. Should they be paired from the same family or should they have been from different litters? Also can they ever go back in the same cage?
Posted by debra cail on August 21,2010 at 09:29 PM
i have three lovebirds one is all by herself can i put 2 females and one male together well they b happy or kill one another?
Posted by carleta Walton on August 16,2010 at 05:21 PM
I am looking for some lovebirds
Posted by Shayna Linn on May 28,2010 at 10:36 PM
Hi I have a Lovebird and Her name is Sunny. She has a Lump on her wing and I am concerned. It was there ever since I got her a couple days ago and I am starting to worry. She is not in any pain and I asked the person I got her from what had happened and they said that they had another bird that had bit her, which I dont believe because it is not an open sore.
Posted by connie on October 11,2009 at 01:01 PM
how long will my female bird continue to lay eggs? i take the eggs away as i dont want to have baby birds.
Posted by Mary on August 25,2009 at 11:42 AM
Hi; read some of the stuff on lovebirds,mine don;t like fruit +vegetables.i;ve tried they waste all of it.maybe yours do but mine don;t and my peekaboo had a great vocabulary when Gipsy was alive,and she would always tattle on Gipsy if their was noise after i covered them i;d say ok whose making the noise and peekaboo would say Gipsy,gipsy. and she talked quite a bit she;d say quite a few words.i had Parakeets that talked at the time also and they intermingled.just don;t go near Gipsy;s dummie babies,she;d attach.or he i think she/was a he,since i have a couple now i see peaches movements are similar to gipsy. and for peekaboo she was an attack bird when i got her go near her food or house and she came rushing foward like an attack dog. she has a bad leg have no idea what happend.i think she was twisted in a curtain by a kid but someone recently told me she could have been born with abirth defect.but she kisses and comes on my hand,I recently had a fall and came lurching foward toward the cages,and she went flying in her cage, she now doesn;t trust me to hold her so much anymore. and all my babies are hand held except for the ones in the nest box.i do lift them with a paper covering so as not to touch when i clean the nest box.and to feed them if mother isn;t she always has a tiny one,and i end up feeding it for awhile.johnny is one he;s now five months old and one of the sweetest birds you can hold. but you do have to catch them. this week i;ll spend trying to teach them to come on my finger. i;ll have to seperate them during the day.not at night they have to be together. I have a very small apt.well say a pray that they will come to me they have not been clipped. their wings are huge.
Posted by mary Valantine on August 25,2009 at 11:11 AM
Hi; I have some lovebirds looking for a Buyer,if you know any please contact me[maryinri2004@aol.com]
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