Bird Nerd

TYPES OF LOVEBIRDS

Now a little about the lovebird species in general, which is a small genus of parrot. There are nine species within the lovebird category, but we most frequently see Peach-faced lovebirds (Agapornis roseicollis) or Rosy-faced as some prefer to call them . These are the most commonly bred in captivity for the pet trade and within this genre are many color mutations– for instance Lutino– and more commonly green with a rose colored face.

Fischer’s lovebirds are also common in the pet trade as are the less common Black Masked lovebirds . The only wild birds that does not come from Africa is the Grey Headed lovebird which hails from Madagascar. The remainder of the species originate on the continent of Africa .

FERAL POPULATIONS

There are several known feral populations around the world and in the US (mainly states with warmer climates such as Arizona. Texas and Southern California ) Apparently they burrow into the cacti on cold desert nights.

SOCIAL LIFE

Lovebirds mate for life and travel in small flocks which is why they are so naturally social. Peach-faced lovebirds are also monomorphic meaning the only way to tell the sex is through DNA testing.

It is a fallacy to think these birds have to be sold in bonded pairs– as long as the owner interacts REGULARLY with the bird, they will bond with the owner. They are prone to depression and self destruction i.e. feather plucking when ignored and it’s not a pretty sight.

Because these birds are both extremely social and intelligent, along with being monogamous, they can become very loyal and form a deep attachment to their owners.

GREAT STARTER PARROT

The species make great starter parrots for anyone looking to enter the hobby. Larger parrots can be challenging and given the tragedy of so many castaway birds that end up in rescues, I do NOT recommend that you start off owning a larger parrot such as a Cockatoo or Macaw without prior knowledge of bird ownership.

Besides these little “pocket” parrots as they have come to be known, still pack a punch when it comes to personality AND they can be feisty with other birds. It’s not all Lovey Dovey all the time. (woot woooooo)

Owning a lovebird will be rewarding and entertaining, comical and just plain fun! Some will even talk back to you…

 

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About Me

Hi fellow bird lovers and peeps from all walks of life! I decided to start this blog and share with all of you the joys of owning a lovebird.

I have  been an animal lover since I was a toddler. My first word was not MAMA or DADA but instead KIT-TEE as I pointed to the pet cat we had named Twinkle.

One afternoon my neighbor stopped by the house and asked  if I wanted to care for a baby bird who had fallen from his nest and was in need of some special attention. They were going on vacation and couldn’t take him along, so I opted YES of course and named the little sparrow “Jake”.

I fed him watered down pieces of bread and nursed him intently as he became stronger and yet more reliant on me. I taught him to fly in my backyard by running with him hanging off of my index finger while he flapped his wings frantically.

Eventually he got the hang of it and started flying around, only to land back on my shoulder-we practiced this exercise for weeks until he built up his strength.

He became more wild as the days grew on and eventually flew away one afternoon.  I was sad,  but my intent was to make him self-sufficient. Well the  very next morning at 5am, my brother was pounding on my door yelling “Your bird is out there!”

I walked to the front door to look down and see little Jake standing on the welcome mat with his mouth wide open. I was his mommy no matter what!

Fast forwarding ahead, my love for animals has never ceased…

My wish is to connect future lovebird owners and current lovebird owners with great tips and resources for the best food, supplies and general knowlege of these adorable birds and provide them with the best care possible.

Any questions or comments feel free to let me know in the comment section below.

All the best,

Alison

 

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