The Lovebird is really just a tiny beautiful parrot.
Read stories that owners of Lovebirds have written, see pictures and avoid problems.
Personality and Behavior
The Lovebird, just like the Parrotlet, may look like a tiny helpless bird, but it will think it is bigger than you! These birds have big personalities packed in beautiful tiny bodies. They are as funny as they are small, add that to their beautiful plumage and you have a beautiful companion parrot.
Most are little dynamos, spending hours playing with and swinging from their toys. They entertain themselves if provided a bunch of toys, but they need to play with their human flock if they are to become a companion parrot.
I once tried to buy a Peach Face from a breeder for a companion pet. She talked me out of it. She said that she raises all of her babies in her house with her kids holding and playing with them. She believed that unless I had the time to be this little parrot’s mate, so to speak, that it would not be my companion.
That is not to say a Lovebird won’t make a great companion parrot, it just means that only someone who has the time and patience to be a companion will probably have a sweet pet.
You will need to spend several hours a day with the bird to be a companion to them. If you don’t have the time, then purchase two Lovebirds so that they will be happy. Most Lovebirds are kept in pairs to satisfy their considerable need for constant companionship, mutual preening, and socialization.
Lovebirds are stubborn and very strong willed. You must be sweetly firm while training these characters. They have a tendency to nip those they love and bite hard those they don’t trust or who are not sensitive to their mood.
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Given the opportunity, they will attack other animals that enter their territory. You must be very careful when you bring your little boss out of its cage. They will not usually be intimidated by the larger size of other pets.
The Lovebird does not make loud vocalizations like the big parrots, but they do make noise. They make a high-pitched sound that is hard to take for some people. The environment they are raised in will determine how often they will make noise to get your attention.
Please spend some time with Lovebirds before bringing one home. If the noise is acceptable to you and those who will live with it, then you will have a beautiful companion. Remember that two birds will make twice as much noise if you choose to go that route.
Provide them with about 10 hours of sleep in a dark quiet room, a healthy diet, a clean cage with toys and time out to cuddle with you and you will have a happy bird.
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With Lovebirds, the behavior problems are usually problems with the owner not handling the bird often enough or in the proper way.
Providing Lovebirds with lots of little toys, some for shredding, will help to keep them from getting bored.
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Commonly Kept Species
Peach Faced Lovebird Some say that this is the most bossy and loud of the species. They are also considered to be the most beautiful by many.
There are many mutations available. Some of the common ones are the Blue Pieid, Cinnamon, Creamino, Fallow, Lutino, Orange Faced, and the White Faced Blue.
This bird is also referred to as the Black Masked Lovebird. Some say it is calmer than the Peach Faced but just as playful.
Fischer’s Lovebird Though not as available as the Peach Faced and the Masked, it is just as beautiful and makes just as good a pet.
You should provide no more than 80% percent of the Lovebird’s diet with top-quality pellets. We like the Totally Organics Pellets that we carry because they are 100% organic and they don't even have artificial vitamins in them. This is important if you have a bird with allergies. We also carry Harrison's Organic Pellets if you prefer them. Purchase the High Potency for this species. They need the extra fat, but not too much fat.
I suggest that you pick one that is organic and not artificially dyed. Anything artificial has to be cleansed by the kidneys before it can be used. A lot of pellets are just junk.
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The other 20 percent of their diet should consist of some seed blend along with dehydrated or fresh colorful vegetables, beans, rice and a little fruit, again preferably organic. The Totally Organics All In One Seed Mix is a great choice!
CAUTION: Never give your parrot alcohol, avocado or chocolate - these can kill your parrot! Also avoid asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, caffeine products, junk food, milk and cream, raw potato, and rhubarb (including the leaves).
If you decide to give a millet spray, make sure they eat their other food first. They will chow down on the millet and not get the nutrition they need.
Any chemicals or artificial coloring makes their kidneys work hard to filter it all out. Who knows what may have been sprayed on all that stuff?
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When fresh fruits and vegetables are not possible, dehydrated fruits and vegetables are great! Many birds love to crunch on dried fruits and veggies.
The best thing about them is that they don't spoil, so you can leave them in the cage for hours or even days. This is handy when you are trying to get them to accept fruits and veggies.
When you are going to be home with them, you can moisten them with warm water to provide fresh-like fruits and veggies. Boy does this come in handy when you are traveling or on an outing!
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We provide bath water in the morning and sometimes in the evening on warm days, but we only leave it in there one to two hours so that they don’t drink nasty water all day.
Also, invest in a water bottle. You will avoid lots of potential health problems by insuring they have clean water to drink that hasn’t been bathed and pooped in.
If your parrot has not used a water bottle before, you will need to provide both a water bottle and a dish until you see that they are drinking from the bottle.
Lixit makes a glass water bottle that has a wire instead of a spring that keeps it on the cage if you are worried about safety. (Some birds get their foot or beak stuck in the spring attachment on other bottles.)
The minimum cage requirements for a Lovebird is 18x18x18 inches, with the bar spacing no larger than 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch. In my opinion, a bigger cage is better because you can provide more toys without it being crowded.
You might give some thought to how you are going to retrieve the bird from the cage when necessary. Some cages have little doors and tall roofs that are impossible to get to the top of, especially when filled with perches and toys.
Think about your tolerance for cleaning the cage before purchasing one. Some cages have slanted sides down to the tray that will get covered in poop. Others don’t have proper fitting drawers that will allow poop and debris to get underneath it. Also, don’t buy some cheap cage at the flea market that has toxic paint!
As mentioned earlier, provide lots of stimulating toys and healthy things to chew. Buy a cage that has a safe coating on it, because these birds will use their beak to climb around the cage a lot.
Cages for Vet Visits and Outings
You need to consider what type of carrier you will use for transporting your Lovebirds in. You never know if you might break down or may decide to take your parrot with you on a trip. Purchase a comfortable cage for these occasions.
We prefer the Adventure Pack for our birds. Besides it being a nice normal cage, it has a removable canvas cover that works like a tent. You can roll up or keep down as many sides as you wish.
This is very important to keep your Lovebirds from getting a chill in winter or overheating in summer.
Here are many of the benefits:
Stainless Steel Cage that looks great.
Removable Cotton Canvas Cover to protect them from wind and sun.
Canvas cover is also a backpack.
Large 8 x 9 door for easy access to your bird.
Collapsible for easy storage when not in use.
Optional mosquito netting.
Cage dimensions are 14"w x 11" d x 17" h.
Bar spacing is 1/2" x 1.5"
Weighs under 5lbs!
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Lovebird Stories Written by Owners
Below are some pictures and informational Lovebird stories written by their owners. Just place your mouse pointer over a picture to see whose story you will go to. Then click on the picture to go to that page.
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