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A beginners guide to lovebirds - pets


Lovebirds are so named from the way they sit close to each other, not for the reason that they are in love with each other. Lovebirds can and do mate for life, but it doesn't come about every time.

Lovebirds are community birds and must be kept in pairs.

They are very energetic and inquisitive birds and can even be quite aggressive at times. They can babble on all day long with a sometimes very piercing sound.

Lovebirds are native to Africa and a few close islands. In their native habitat, they are found customarily in small flocks of 10 to 20 pairs.

Lovebirds are of the class Aves, the genus Agapornis and members of the Psittaciformes, or category of parrots.

Agapornis comes from the Greek words: Agape denotation love, and ornis consequence bird.

Lovebirds typically live from 10 to 15 years depending a great deal on the 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 connected to the South American parrotlets.

Sexually Dimorphic

1. Abyssinian Lovebird
2. Redfaced Lovebird
3. Madagascar Lovebird (Grayheaded)

Sexually Monomorphic (Similar)

1. Black cheeked Lovebired (Blackfaced)
2. Fischer's Lovebird
3. Veiled Lovebird (Black Cloaked or Fair 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 Beneficial Lovebird

1. Active, alert and interested disposition
2. 4 well bent toes, 2 ahead and 2 backward, nails must be complete
3. Bright, round eyes
4. Nostrils clear of discharge
5. Fluff lay tight adjacent to the body
6. Easy beak that closes completely

What To Avoid In A Good for your health Lovebird

1. A bird that sits huddled in a angle or on the floor
2. A bird with nap fluffed up
3. Collapsed toes
4. Vent corrupted with feces or badly stained
5. Signs of expression of grief or runny eyes
6. Disproportionate plucking or disproportionate gone astray of feathers
7. Bald spots
8. A squeak, out of breath or other deformity when breathing
9. Edgy behavior
10. Lackluster behavior
11. Dull or dull feathers
12. A bird too large for it's average 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, elect the healthiest bird you can find. Many sicknesses can be cured, but change for the better to leave these birds for skilled owners. Don't buy a sick lovebird because you feel sorry for it.

If likely get a certificate of healthiness from the breeder or pet shop guaranteeing that a substitute will be made if the lovebird becomes sick or won't breed.

Lovebirds are not rare, there are a lot of them about to choose from. So take your time and choose only birds that you really like the ruddiness and personality of.

Keeping Lovebirds as Pets

Lovebirds be supposed to be kept in pairs, one female and one male. They very much enjoy each others company, even if don't be alarmed if they have infrequent spats with each other.

If a pair of lovebirds constantly fight, then it's best to find each of them an added mate. If you're export birds from a breeder, make sure the breeder will altercation birds if they are not compatable.

As a broad rule, only one pair of birds ought to be kept per cage. Keep one or more cages far an adequate amount apart from each other so they do not allow birds to be able to peck at each other.

When introducing new birds to a home with pre-existing birds, the new birds may not continually be welcomed readily.

Lovebird Behavior

Lovebirds need apply out of their cages daily.

Remember: Birds Love to Fly

Being cooped up in a cage all the time is not good for your health for them, physically or emotionally. Birds kept in a cage will often sit on a perch and flap their wings incessantly.

Lovebirds need among 10 to 12 hours of rest a night. Do not keep your birds in rooms with televisions or other noisy devices when it's time for the birds to roost. Total darkness is not advised either, use a small 7 watt bulb in the room to afford a sufficient amount night light for the bird to find it's perch and drink or feed if needed.

Keep all electrical wires, additional room cords, etc, completely hidden and unavailable to the birds.

Never use Kerosene or alike type heaters that give off fumes. Coal and wood stoves are no nos. No be relevant how hard you may' try, a wood burner will emit fumes and smoke into your home that may kill your lovebird. If you have a home with a wood burner entirely separate a room only for your birds and use an infrared or stimulating heater.

A equally continual 80 degrees Farenheit fever is about right for lovebirds.

It's not a good idea to keep finches, cockatiels, rosellas, or budgies with lovebirds.

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