Each lovebird has its own personality, but there are traits that are common to most lovebirds that make them a great pet choice for a first-time bird owner.
Lovebirds originate in Africa and are the smallest parrots in the world.
How Long Do Lovebirds Live For?
Lovebirds, like many other parrot species, have a long lifespan. They live anything from 15 to 20 years, which is about the same lifespan as that of a cat.
So understand when you purchase lovebirds as pets that you are making a long-term commitment.
What Do Lovebirds Look Like?
Lovebirds have the most varied coloration if you compare them to other parrot species. They can come in brilliant colours and in soft pastel shades. In fact, you can get them in virtually any colour imaginable. They are very attractive birds.
They are a small sized parrot which makes them easy to handle. They normally grow to between 5 and 6 inches long and weigh between 40 and 60 grammes. Funnily enough, baby lovebirds are close in size to their adult counterparts.
What Do Lovebirds Do For Fun?
If you have lovebirds as pets, you will notice that they are inquisitive and very energetic. They like to fly about or even sit on your shoulder.
They are not nervous birds by nature and can usually integrate with a family of noisy children.
Lovebirds are very playful and quite funny to watch.
If you are looking at purchasing lovebirds as pets, it is best to purchase a hand raised bird, as it will be much tamer and easier to handle than a parent raised bird. Gentle and consistent handling will prevent your bird from nipping.
Like other parrots, lovebirds in the wild live in a flock and challenge each other for the dominant position. For this reason, they are sometimes headstrong and the owner will need to be patient but firm. They do however learn to be well behaved and are content to play alone if given the proper space and bird toys.
Believe it or not, you can potty train a lovebird. If you train your bird to go on paper or in a trash can instead of around the house, it will be easier to allow your bird to enjoy more freedom outside the cage without having to clean up after him.
Can Lovebirds Talk?
Lovebirds are not really known for mimicking human speech, although they do mimic sounds that they hear around them like other birds and household noises.
They have strong personalities and you will always be able to see exactly what type of mood your bird is in.
Do I Need To Buy Two Lovebirds As Pets?
There is a common myth that you need to have two lovebirds. If you buy two, remember that they will bond with each other and not with you. This will make taming more difficult. If you don’t plan to spend much time with your bird, then it is a good idea to buy two.
If however, you want a tame pet, buying one is better. He will enjoy your one on one attention more each day and be much easier to tame.
Where Can I find Out More About Lovebirds As Pets?
Below is a link you can visit or you can click on the book. You can purchase this book at a reasonable price online and it will give you all the advice and guidance you will need as a new lovebird owner. It is always best to educate yourself as much as you can before you get a new pet.
Lovebirds as pets are great fun, but it is always wise to find out as much as you can about the pet you decide on before purchasing it.
This book contains all the information that you need on:
- Choosing lovebirds
- Preparing your family for a new pet
- Preparing your home for a bird
- Dealing with your bird and other pets
- Feeding your birds
- Grooming your lovebirds
- Finding a good vet for your lovebird
- Ensuring proper healthcare
- Bonding and training your lovebird
- Costs of raising a lovebird
If you have decided to bring home a lovebird or lovebirds as pets, then you are in for a whole new world of joy and excitement.