Originating in Africa, the lovebird is a compact bird, the second smallest in the parrot family. Nine distinct species have been identified, and several bred mutations are also recognized.
They first became pets in the 19th century when they were caught and exported to Europe, and successful, easy breeding practices have led them to become one of the most popular domesticated birds today.
These happy, active, and decorative birds have a great disposition and are very social with their mate and their handlers. They form strong bonds and often mate for life, and if given a great deal of attention and affection as young birds, they will exhibit this same affection and loyalty to humans. Lovebirds are very clever, though they require a great deal of attention and a strong bond with their handler in order to learn tricks. In a home where time is in short supply, consider getting a second one for your bird's company.
Care and Feeding
Lovebirds require either a formulated or seed diet, supplemented by fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh water should be given daily, and food dishes and treat dispensers should be emptied and cleaned before food has a chance to spoil. You can give your bird nuts occasionally and offer them a cuttlebone to provide calcium.
These birds are very active and require a sizable cage, with at least two perches at each end, dishes, and an area for bathing. The minimum recommended cage size for one lovebird is 35 cubic feet.
This is a hardy species that does not need to be kept constantly warm, though cool drafty conditions should be avoided. Also, frequent bathing keeps them healthy and happy; a shallow dish of water in the bottom of the cage, or an occasional warm-water misting will help prevent them using their water dishes for bathtime.
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