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Lovebird Information

Lovebirds are tiny parrots approximately 6 inches in length, with an expected life span of about 15 years. There are various types and colours of Lovebirds available and they all have slightly different temperaments and personalities. They are very active, curious, and playful little birds with a great personality. They are a social bird and will form a strong bond with their owners, but because of their personality can also be territorial, aggressive and jealous.

It is believed, by some, that a hand raised baby would make the best pet, but it has been proven that a parent raised baby can become hand tame quite easily. Whether you are thinking of a hand raised baby or a parent raised baby, your new bird still requires regular handling, training, and interaction to continue to be a tame, lovable friend. If getting an older lovebird, try to find one that has been handled and trained regularly. It will require a great deal of time and patience to tame and train an older lovebird if it has not been maintained.

Some people feel lovebirds should be kept in pairs. Lovebirds that are kept in pairs may form a bond with each other and not its owner. Whereas a single lovebird will be happy as long as it receives love, attention and interaction from its owners. If you do not have time to spend with your lovebird then it is suggested you get him or her a companion. If lovebirds are lonely or aggravated, and not receiving the attention they require, they will let you know by letting out a very high pitched screech. Lovebirds have been known to die of loneliness. It has been shown that if a mate dies the other may die soon afterwards. It is very important to keep them amused, and occupied.

The regular sounds of a lovebird are not overly loud and can be tolerated by most. They normally do not mimic voices and sounds, but this does not mean that they can't, there are exceptions to the rule. It is believed females are more likely to mimic speech than males.

Lovebirds need to have a varied diet to keep them healthy. A good pellet food may be the main part of the diet, but they also require fresh vegetables and fruit. Seed should be kept to approximately 1/4 of their diet. When feeding lovebirds fresh foods, make sure food is not left in cage long enough for it to spoil. Never give them fresh food if you are planning on leaving for the day. Leave the dish of food in the cage for about an hour, this gives them plenty of time to eat. Always keep pellets and fresh water in their cage and change water everyday (more often if your bird likes to drop things in his water).You should provide a cuttlebone in the cage for calcium and beak conditioning. My lovebirds love hard boiled egg. I grind the shell in with the egg and they devour it (egg shell is an excellent source of calcium).

It is recommended lovebirds be housed in a cage at least 2 feet wide by 2 feet long, the bar spacing should no more than 1/2 to 5/8 inches apart, and if possible the bars should be horizontal to allow the birds climb the sides of the cage. Obviously the largest cage your room will allow is best, these are just suggested minimums so your bird has enough room to exercise. Even if housed in a large cage they still require time outside the cage to fly and interact with you.

I prefer to use natural branches in my cages for perches. The birds like to chew them, they are readily available, it is good exercise for their legs and it mimics their natural perches. Be careful as to the type of branches you choose for your perches, as some wood is poisonous to birds. It is recommended all wood be thoroughly washed and if possible baked in the oven at a high heat to kill any bacteria that may be on the branches.
Lovebirds love to chew everything. If not watched when outside the cage they will chew your blinds, curtains, and furniture. The female shreds items more than the male as this is a natural nesting behaviour. I love to watch my lovebirds when they are preparing the nest. The female shreds pieces of paper approximately 1/4 inch wide and 3 inches long. She then tucks them all under wings. When her wings are full she returns to the nest box and shreds them some more. Quite amazing to watch.

While in the cage you will need to make sure there are no small parts of toys that can be ingested, and no part of a toy that can trap the head, beak or the feet. Lovebirds require lots of toys to keep them content. I would suggest having extras, and changing them once in a while so they don't get bored. All toys need to be free of zinc and lead as these can be poisonous to birds. Leather is the best for toys, but 100% cotton is fine as long as it is removed if it starts to fray.
Lovebirds are amazing little birds, but don't let their size fool you. They have wonderful personalities that makes them great friends.