Lovebirds require a decent amount of care, but they are still a good choice for novice bird owners.
These birds are interesting animals that make for great pets.
Most lovebirds are characterized by a darkish red forehead, throat, and cheeks. The green plumage makes up a majority of their body. Males are a little bit bigger than females.
These birds measure anywhere from 13 to 17 centimeters or 5 to 7 inches long. They can have a wingspan of up to 9 centimeters, and a weight of 40 to 60 grams. They are not the largest birds, but they’re also far from the smallest.
The large beak that lovebirds have is very sharp and designed for grabbing food effectively.
Lovebirds have an average lifespan of around 10 to 12 years, though some have gotten to be as old as 17 years. A healthy diet and regular exercise will help to ensure the longest possible life for these birds.
Types of Lovebirds
There are many different species of lovebirds, but a few of the most common ones include:
- Peachface: The peachface lovebird has a peach colored face, as the name suggests. It has green plumage and a blue rump. The males and females look exactly the same.
- Black masked: Black masked lovebirds have black faces as well as yellow and green plumage. They are also characterized by a small round-shaped head.
- Fischer’s: There are also Fischer’s lovebirds, which are named after Gustav Fischer, a German explorer. These birds have a green back, wings and chest. Their golden yellow necks and dark green head makes them quite striking.
Lovebirds are incredibly social and do best when they are kept together. If you have just one of these birds, they will require a lot of interaction/stimulation on a regular basis.
You always want to avoid keeping different species of lovebirds together, as they will inevitably start fighting. They are very vocal, so you can expect a lot of chirping and noise.
One of the things that make lovebirds such an ideal pet is their incredible loyalty. They are gentle with their owners and mates alike.
If you want to train lovebirds, you will have to start young. As these birds get older, they become much more difficult to tame.
Lovebirds originally come from the savannah regions of Africa. In fact, fossil records indicate that these birds go back almost 2 million years. They live in hollowed out trees or sometimes in shrubs.
Caring for Lovebirds
When they are in the wild, lovebirds eat mostly a diet of leaf buds, berries, fruits, grasses, grains and figs. You can expect to give your bird around two ounces of feed on a daily basis.
You can give your lovebirds seeds every day, but you shouldn’t exceed a tablespoon worth. If you have two lovebirds together, you’ll need to get a separate bowl for each one.
There are lots of different food pellets that you can buy to feed these birds. Many of these pellets have been specifically formulated to meet all of your bird’s nutritional requirements.
The pellets that you give your lovebirds should make up a fast majority of their daily diet. Seeds make for good treats, but just don’t overdo it.
Vegetables, fruits, and even tree bark can make for excellent nutritional supplements. You should only give these to your birds every other day at the most.
You’ll want to make sure that the cage you put your lovebirds in measures at least 32 by 20 inches for every two birds. It is a good idea to have a minimum of two perches as well. You can put your cage on a stand or hang it up from a sturdy bracket on the wall. The cage should be at least six inches from the floor.
These birds are a bit more sensitive to temperature chances than other kinds. Whatever is comfortable is you should be fine for them.
You also need to make a point of covering up the cage at night so your birds remain calm. Put a nice sized nest box up high inside the cage as well. The nest box should be about eight inches all around.
3. Common Health Problems
There are certain signs that your bird might be ill that you will want to watch out for. This includes dull-looking plumage, sluggish behavior, and excessive sleeping. If your bird isn’t nearly as active as they usually are, something is probably wrong.
Some of the health conditions these birds are prone to include:
- Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease
- Avian Pox Virus
- Bacterial infections
- Internal parasites
- Egg binding
Regular checkups at the veterinarian will help to spot any health problems with your birds before they become a real problem.
A light misting of water sprayed on your birds every once in a while is a good idea, as they love to bathe. You should also think about putting a small shallow bowl in the cage that they can use clean themselves. They will flap their wings against the water and stick their heads in.
Most lovebirds do a pretty good job of keeping their nails short enough without any human intervention. It is, however, a good idea to ask your veterinarian about this.
The amount you pay for your lovebirds will largely depend on which species/mutation you want.
Masked lovebirds are probably the most expensive. They will run you anywhere from $300 to $500. Keep in mind that male lovebirds tend to cost more than the females.
- Lovebirds can grow up to 7 inches long and weigh as much as 60 grams.
- The average lifespan of a lovebird is about 10 years.
- Some of the common types of lovebirds include the Peachface, Black Masked, and Fischer’s.
- These birds are very social creatures and do well when they are kept together.
- You should feed your lovebird a diet that consists mostly of specially-formulated pellets.
- Make sure that the cage you get for your bird measures at least 32 by 20 inches so it has plenty of space.
- Lovebirds don’t require much grooming, except for perhaps the occasional misting of water.