Energetic and curious friends
Lovebirds are very popular pets and are a good for first-time bird owners.
These birds are great pets for older children but may be a bit too nippy for younger children.
They are quiet birds, so they can live in an apartment with you. They can also be friendly with all members of your family if they are hand-fed and socialized from a young age. They can become nippy as they mature if they are not properly or consistently handled. They need to be kept singly or they will bond with each other rather than you.
The most popular types kept as pets are the Fischer’s, Masked, and Peach-Faced. Make sure you buy a young bird rather than an older one because they are easier to tame from a young age. You can tell that one is younger by the amount of black on his beak–the more black, the more young (this may be different with different color mutations). The black normally disappears when they are 4 months old.
If you are able to provide your bird with adaquate care and love, then this might be the perfect bird for you.
|Types of Lovebirds|
|Origin||Africa and Madagascar|
|Size||4-7 in., 50 grams|
|Color Differences||There are a lot of different color varieties to choose from.|
|Lifespan||up to 20 years|
|Noise||Quiet–they are able to live in an apartment with you.|
|Qualities||Need to be well socialized with members of your family, need to be kept singly, can become nippy, males are less temperamental than the females, curious, very energetic, playful, love to go inside things (so a hanging bed or hut should be provided unless it causes aggression), great first-time birds.|
|Abilities||Low–most don’t learn to talk, but they are able to be trained.|
|Interaction/Time Requirements||They need daily handling in order to be well socialized and less nippy.|
|Diet||They need a diet for small birds|
|Supplies Needed||They need supplies for small birds|
|“Lovebird Tricks/bird training/SMART PARROT!!!”|
Video by theFoxCritThese birds are a lot of fun and many are able to learn tricks. This video shows just how smart they can be!
|“Birdie Bath Time”|
Video by True Love AviaryThis is kind of a given, but they are also very cute. This video is a good example of what it’s like to observe them.
Video by ersterherndIf handled well, they can also be very affectionate and cuddly. This video is a great example of their cuddliness.
Lovebirds are often seen as nippy birds. You definitely need to know how to train your bird if you want him to be hand tamed and enjoy spending time with you. However, if you don’t know how to train one, you may have difficulty even getting your bird out of his cage.For this reason, we highly recommend that you find an effective training program for your bird. Whether your bird is new to your home or you’ve had him for years, a training program will always come in handy. We personally recommend the Bird Tricks Parrot Training Course by Chet Womach. You can see many of his videos for free to get an idea of how much he knows about birds and how he can help you train yours.Below is one of Chet’s videos that covers the first step to getting your Cockatiel to step up instead of bite you. This technique is perfect for Lovebirds as well. This video is a great example of how effective the training courses can be and how they are filled with a wealth of useful information for any bird owner. This video is only the first step in getting your small bird hand tamed. We highly recommend checking out Chet’s curriculum for taming your bird even further.
- The Essential Lovebird Supplies Checklist
- The 3 Must-Have Perches
- The Best Food For Your Lovebird
- Find The Best Lovebird Cage
- Toys Your Lovebird Will Love
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