Lovebirds don't' normally talk. This is the one fact we wanted to add in the beginning since lots of folks assume that all birds are chatty. They are a type of parrot and they can mimic speech but they're not considered 'talking birds' yet they're still beautiful and intelligent birds!
Facts about Lovebirds you must know
- There are nine different types of sub-species of these parrots
- They are one of the smallest species, between 5 and 7 inches in length
- They must play outside their cage for several hours a day
- They mate for life and pine for each other if something happens to a mate
If these fun facts didn't convince you then the care guide below will.
Care and feeding
Experts from Petco provided feeding guidelines,
- Fresh food and water should always be available.
MSPCA Angell expands on their dietary needs.
"A lovebird's diet will consist of 1 1/2 to 2 ounces (45-60 grams) of feed daily for a single bird. A diet consisting of a small parrot mix along with a variety of supplements and vitamins is generally regarded as suitable; also a formulated diet along with greens, fruits, and vegetable supplements but without additional vitamins is also regarded as suitable and is a more current trend."
- Vegetables and fruits not eaten within a few hours should be discarded.
- Remember, treats should not exceed 10% of total food intake.
These are super active birds so you need to be careful when choosing housing. Experts recommend the cage is a minimum of 32" x 20" x 20" (81 x 50 x 50 cm) per pair of birds is recommended with about four perches, feed and water dishes and an area for a bath. Place the cage on a stand or hang it from a wall bracket at eye level or at about 6' off of the floor.
Make sure the area has good light and is well ventilated, though free from drafts.
It is said you may want to buy a single Lovebird as he'll bond better with you but if you decide you cannot devote a lot of daily interaction time then pairs are best.
They love to chew so make sure the environment has plenty of toys. Providing foraging toys is important, as these will provide important mental stimulation! The shopping list you should refer to is here.
These birds absolutely need to be socialized daily.
Handling and training
Handling is super important if you want to bond with your bird. Anyone that wants their Lovebird to be affectionate and easy to handle must devote a lot of time playing and socializing with their birds. You will need to hand tame your bird.
If you're interested in training your Lovebird they need to be young birds. Adults are going to be harder to train so stick with hand-raised youngsters for tricks.
There are a lot of pet birds to choose from and these birds that need a lot of activity should have an aviary if possible so they can get a few hours of daily exercise in.
Lovebirds are an extremely popular pet. Find an avian veterinarian if you're truly interested as they can answer questions about bird cages for these little birds. Birdcare for any bird species isn't easy! Veterinary care is also complicated so you need a lot of experts to guide you in the right direction whether it's bird feeders or water containers.
The Lovebirds aren't talkers though so remember they type of parrot you're bringing home is different than a cockatiel, parrotlets, or macaw!
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