he fascinating behavior of Lovebirds make them among most interesting pet bird.
Lovebirds are so named from way they sit close to each other, not because they are in love with each other. Lovebirds can and do mate for life, but it doesn't happen every time.
Lovebirds are social birds and should be kept in pairs.
They are very active and curious birds and can even be quite aggressive at times. They can chatter all day long with a sometimes very shrill sound.
Lovebirds are native to Africa and a few nearby islands. In their native habitat, they are found usually in small flocks of 10 to 20 pairs.
Lovebirds are of class Aves, genus Agapornis and members of Psittaciformes, or family of parrots.
Agapornis comes from Greek words: Agape meaning love, and ornis meaning bird.
Lovebirds typically live from 10 to 15 years depending a great deal on care they are given, some lovebirds have been known to live to be 20 in captivity.
There are 9 species of lovebirds, of which 8 are available as pets. They are not related to South American parrotlets.
1. Abyssinian Lovebird 2. Redfaced Lovebird 3. Madagascar Lovebird (Grayheaded)
Sexually Monomorphic (Similar)
1. Black cheeked Lovebired (Blackfaced) 2. Fischer's Lovebird 3. Masked Lovebird (Black Masked or Yellow collared) 4. Nyasa Lovebird (Lilian's) 5. Peachfaced Lovebird (Rosyfaced)
Characterized by Eye Rings:
Without Eye Rings:
1. Madagascar 2. Redfaced 3. Peachfaced 4. Abyssinian
With Eye Rings
1. Masked 2. Fischers 3. Nyasa 4. Black cheeked
What To Look For In A Healthy Lovebird
1. Active, alert and curious disposition 2. 4 well formed toes, 2 forward and 2 backward, nails must be complete 3. Bright, round eyes 4. Nostrils clear of discharge 5. Feathers lay tight against body 6. Smooth beak that closes completely
What To Avoid In A Healthy Lovebird
1. A bird that sits huddled in a corner or on floor 2. A bird with feathers fluffed up 3. Deformed toes 4. Vent fouled with feces or badly stained 5. Signs of weeping or runny eyes 6. Excessive plucking or excessive missing of feathers 7. Bald spots 8. A squeak, wheezing or other abnormality when breathing 9. Nervous behavior 10. Lethargic behavior 11. Dull or lifeless feathers 12. A bird too large for it's normal size (birds can and do get fat) 13. Nasal discharge
If you are a first time or novice lovebird owner, don't choose a bird that you think may be sick, choose healthiest bird you can find. Many sicknesses can be cured, but better to leave these birds for experienced owners. Don't buy a sick lovebird because you feel sorry for it.