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A Beginners Guide to Lovebirds


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

Lovebirds are social birds and should be kept in pairs.

They are very active and curious birds and can even be quite aggressive at times. They can chatter all day long with a sometimes very shrill sound.

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

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

Agapornis comes from the Greek words: Agape meaning love, and ornis meaning 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 related 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. Masked Lovebird (Black Masked or Yellow 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 Healthy Lovebird

1. Active, alert and curious disposition
2. 4 well formed toes, 2 forward and 2 backward, nails must be complete
3. Bright, round eyes
4. Nostrils clear of discharge
5. Feathers lay tight against the body
6. Smooth beak that closes completely

What To Avoid In A Healthy Lovebird

1. A bird that sits huddled in a corner or on the floor
2. A bird with feathers fluffed up
3. Deformed toes
4. Vent fouled with feces or badly stained
5. Signs of weeping or runny eyes
6. Excessive plucking or excessive missing of feathers
7. Bald spots
8. A squeak, wheezing or other abnormality when breathing
9. Nervous behavior
10. Lethargic behavior
11. Dull or lifeless feathers
12. A bird too large for it's normal 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, choose the healthiest bird you can find. Many sicknesses can be cured, but better to leave these birds for experienced owners. Don't buy a sick lovebird because you feel sorry for it.

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

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

Keeping Lovebirds as Pets

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

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

As a general rule, only one pair of birds should be kept per cage. Keep one or more cages far enough 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 always be welcomed readily.

Lovebird Behavior

Lovebirds need exercise out of their cages daily.

Remember: Birds Love to Fly

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

Lovebirds need between 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 provide enough night light for the bird to find it's perch and drink or feed if needed.

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

Never use Kerosene or similar type heaters that give off fumes. Coal and wood stoves are no nos. No matter 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 completely isolate a room only for your birds and use an infrared or electric heater.

A fairly constant 80 degrees Farenheit temperature is about right for lovebirds.

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

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Frozen cat food recalled over salmonella risk posed to pets and owners  USA TODAY

Studies say owning pet can have positive impact on owners' physical, mental health - WZTV
Studies say owning pet can have positive impact on owners' physical, mental health  WZTV

Cat food sold nationwide recalled over potential risks to pets and humans - KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis
Cat food sold nationwide recalled over potential risks to pets and humans  KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis

Adoptable pets of the week: Lucky, Adams, Sara, Sugar Plum - The State Journal-Register
Adoptable pets of the week: Lucky, Adams, Sara, Sugar Plum  The State Journal-Register

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Senior pets getting some extra help at animal hospital in Scottsville  wnky.com

Thanking all those who help support shelter, give comfort to pets - The Daily Journal
Thanking all those who help support shelter, give comfort to pets  The Daily Journal

A people party for pets - Chico Enterprise-Record
A people party for pets  Chico Enterprise-Record

Pet owners don't ignore your recommendations because they are bad people - dvm360
Pet owners don't ignore your recommendations because they are bad people  dvm360

Quest Cat Food Recalled, May Pose Danger To Pets, Humans - CBS Miami
Quest Cat Food Recalled, May Pose Danger To Pets, Humans  CBS Miami

Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science - New Jersey Herald
Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science  New Jersey Herald

Companion Cuisine prepares to feed 500 people and pets on Thanksgiving - WXIX
Companion Cuisine prepares to feed 500 people and pets on Thanksgiving  WXIX

NJ pets in need: Nov. 18, 2019 - nj.com - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Nov. 18, 2019 - nj.com  NJ.com

Free preventative care clinic for pets for low-income, homeless pet owners happening Monday - KSAT San Antonio
Free preventative care clinic for pets for low-income, homeless pet owners happening Monday  KSAT San Antonio

Struggling pet parents can get the help they need - Marin Independent Journal
Struggling pet parents can get the help they need  Marin Independent Journal

Rabies confirmed in pet cat, Michigan county health officials say - MLive.com
Rabies confirmed in pet cat, Michigan county health officials say  MLive.com

Make your home more pet friendly | Animals - The Union Leader
Make your home more pet friendly | Animals  The Union Leader

Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Nov. 18 - Mokena, IL Patch
Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Nov. 18  Mokena, IL Patch

City warns pet owners to be wary of weather - Monitor
City warns pet owners to be wary of weather  Monitor

Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever - Slate
Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever  Slate

Here's how you can buy a beer and raise money for pets in need - WKYC.com
Here's how you can buy a beer and raise money for pets in need  WKYC.com

Shepherd mix, sweet shorthair pets of the week - Kansas City Star
Shepherd mix, sweet shorthair pets of the week  Kansas City Star

City to consider raising limit to six pets per household as part of its ‘Compassion Saves’ approach - Long Beach Post
City to consider raising limit to six pets per household as part of its ‘Compassion Saves’ approach  Long Beach Post

Commentary: Do we give pets, other animals space they need? - The Daily Herald
Commentary: Do we give pets, other animals space they need?  The Daily Herald

Pets of the Week for Nov. 19, 2019 - WKRN News 2
Pets of the Week for Nov. 19, 2019  WKRN News 2

Adorable Adoptable Pets Of The Week From Anne Arundel SPCA - Anne Arundel, MD Patch
Adorable Adoptable Pets Of The Week From Anne Arundel SPCA  Anne Arundel, MD Patch

Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans - WBAL Baltimore
Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans  WBAL Baltimore

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Pet Parents: This Is Your Holiday-Travel Essential  Refinery29

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Is your pet feeling the stress of the holidays?  WNDU-TV

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Cat food sold nationwide is recalled over Salmonella risk to pets, humans  KOMO News

Cat food sold nationwide recalled over risks to pets and humans - WTVR CBS 6 News
Cat food sold nationwide recalled over risks to pets and humans  WTVR CBS 6 News

Bob and Bumper are Pets of Week - Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper | Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper - Natchez Democrat
Bob and Bumper are Pets of Week - Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper | Mississippi's Best Community Newspaper  Natchez Democrat

Pet Startup Pawp Wants To Take A Bite Out Of Chewy - Forbes
Pet Startup Pawp Wants To Take A Bite Out Of Chewy  Forbes

Pets and people run to support SPCA of Wake County - WRAL.com
Pets and people run to support SPCA of Wake County  WRAL.com

'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather - USA TODAY
'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather  USA TODAY

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Pets Get An Oppawtunity To Explore David Lawrence Center  CBS Pittsburgh

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Puppies found in bad shape at pet shop in Pembroke Park  WPLG Local 10

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Where do your pets fit in with your holiday plans?  WTOP

Cat food sold nationwide is recalled because of risks to pets and humans - WAFB
Cat food sold nationwide is recalled because of risks to pets and humans  WAFB

Meet Perfect Pet, Bill Nye! - KGO-TV
Meet Perfect Pet, Bill Nye!  KGO-TV

South Florida’s Pet Detective Jamie Katz Reunites Lost & Missing Pets With Owners - CBS Miami
South Florida’s Pet Detective Jamie Katz Reunites Lost & Missing Pets With Owners  CBS Miami

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Alert for holiday pet scams when looking to buy a new pet online  CBS19 News

'It's a commitment': Avoiding unwanted pets this holiday season - News3LV
'It's a commitment': Avoiding unwanted pets this holiday season  News3LV

Old dogs, new tricks: 10000 pets needed for canine aging study - STAT
Old dogs, new tricks: 10000 pets needed for canine aging study  STAT

Licenses, fees and penalties to increase for pet owners - KCAU 9
Licenses, fees and penalties to increase for pet owners  KCAU 9

St. Mark's Episcopal Church to hold pet food pantry - TribDem.com
St. Mark's Episcopal Church to hold pet food pantry  TribDem.com

Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold - 13abc Action News
Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold  13abc Action News

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Hurricane Katrina inspired a national pet evacuation policy. The plan could save human lives, too.  Vox.com

Protecting your pets from the cold - WITN
Protecting your pets from the cold  WITN

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Bufford - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Bufford  KCBD

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Fire destroys Lakeville home, leaves 3 pets dead, officials say  Boston.com

People are freeze-drying their pets after they die: ‘They don’t want to let go’ - Yahoo Food
People are freeze-drying their pets after they die: ‘They don’t want to let go’  Yahoo Food

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Best Pet GPS Trackers for Your Cat or Dog  Reader's Digest

Meet Perfect Pets, Bell Bell and Petey! - KGO-TV
Meet Perfect Pets, Bell Bell and Petey!  KGO-TV

Keeping your pets safe during the winter months - 10TV
Keeping your pets safe during the winter months  10TV

Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 13, 2019 - OregonLive
Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 13, 2019  OregonLive

Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths - CNN
Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths  CNN

California Veterans Can Soon Get Free Pets - Military.com
California Veterans Can Soon Get Free Pets  Military.com

Hampton pet owner reunited with cat more than a year after it disappeared - WTKR News 3
Hampton pet owner reunited with cat more than a year after it disappeared  WTKR News 3

Hints From Heloise: A teacher’s pet? - The Washington Post
Hints From Heloise: A teacher’s pet?  The Washington Post

4 foods your pet should avoid this holiday season - Southeast Missourian
4 foods your pet should avoid this holiday season  Southeast Missourian

Fish and Game issues Wildlife Alert for wolverine attacking pets - KTVA
Fish and Game issues Wildlife Alert for wolverine attacking pets  KTVA

The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners - The New Yorker
The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners  The New Yorker

Russia corruption: Putin's pet space project Vostochny tainted by massive theft - BBC News
Russia corruption: Putin's pet space project Vostochny tainted by massive theft  BBC News

Cute animals on demand: Business makes pet toy look-alikes, fetches celebrity clientele - WCVB Boston
Cute animals on demand: Business makes pet toy look-alikes, fetches celebrity clientele  WCVB Boston

As Homelessness Surges, Volunteers Work to Keep Pets and Their Owners Together - Los Angeleno
As Homelessness Surges, Volunteers Work to Keep Pets and Their Owners Together  Los Angeleno

Birmingham pet cat confirmed with rabies by Oakland County Health Division - Hometown Life
Birmingham pet cat confirmed with rabies by Oakland County Health Division  Hometown Life

You can adopt 19 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Nov. 16-17 - SILive.com
You can adopt 19 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Nov. 16-17  SILive.com

More Twin Cities apartments welcome pets — for a price - Minnesota Public Radio News
More Twin Cities apartments welcome pets — for a price  Minnesota Public Radio News

San Antonio Pets Alive! waives adoption fees as it reaches maximum capacity - KSAT San Antonio
San Antonio Pets Alive! waives adoption fees as it reaches maximum capacity  KSAT San Antonio

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Beware the legal ramifications when re-homing lost pets  WHNT News 19

A guinea pig was thrown at a Kentucky pet store owner during a reported robbery attempt - The Cincinnati Enquirer
A guinea pig was thrown at a Kentucky pet store owner during a reported robbery attempt  The Cincinnati Enquirer

Adopt pets for free at IACS Adopt-A-Thon Friday night - WTHR
Adopt pets for free at IACS Adopt-A-Thon Friday night  WTHR

A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine - The Atlantic
A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine  The Atlantic

Albany DA: Justice reforms to burden animal shelters, pets could go back to abusers - Times Union
Albany DA: Justice reforms to burden animal shelters, pets could go back to abusers  Times Union

Norman Animal Welfare waiving adoption fees during event for all adoptable pets - KFOR Oklahoma City
Norman Animal Welfare waiving adoption fees during event for all adoptable pets  KFOR Oklahoma City

Perfect Pet: Bring home a furry friend for the holidays - WSAV-TV
Perfect Pet: Bring home a furry friend for the holidays  WSAV-TV

Eco Adventures Presents Responsible Pet-Keeping Open House - Severna Park Voice
Eco Adventures Presents Responsible Pet-Keeping Open House  Severna Park Voice

Meet Bishop, this week's adoptable pet! - Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Meet Bishop, this week's adoptable pet!  Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

The Hoxton Hotel Debuts Cozy, Pet-Friendly Coworking Space In Fulton Market - Block Club Chicago
The Hoxton Hotel Debuts Cozy, Pet-Friendly Coworking Space In Fulton Market  Block Club Chicago

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California Wildfires Displace Shelter Pets  Mental Floss

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San Antonio Pets Alive! needs pet food, fosters  KENS5.com

Pets also need protection in cold weather - KSAT San Antonio
Pets also need protection in cold weather  KSAT San Antonio

The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets review on PSVR. - The Digital Fix
The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets review on PSVR.  The Digital Fix

Multiple pets, including dog, cats, lizard, bird, rescued from Denver house fire - The Denver Channel
Multiple pets, including dog, cats, lizard, bird, rescued from Denver house fire  The Denver Channel

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Dallas Dog Owner Appealing Pet’s Double Designation As ‘Dangerous’ And ‘Aggressive’  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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Nekoosa Police: Couple moved leaving animals behind, several pets dead  WSAW

SICSA: Bring pets inside; if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them - WHIO
SICSA: Bring pets inside; if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them  WHIO

Lakewood Ranch Publix employees adopt dog for loyal customer whose pet was hit by car - WFLA
Lakewood Ranch Publix employees adopt dog for loyal customer whose pet was hit by car  WFLA

NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019  NJ.com

Saving Senior Dogs Week celebrates adopting older pets - Today.com
Saving Senior Dogs Week celebrates adopting older pets  Today.com

Pet owners protest Beaverton veterinarian accused of animal abuse - KGW.com
Pet owners protest Beaverton veterinarian accused of animal abuse  KGW.com

CBS3 Pet Project: Why Size Matters When Adopting - CBS Philly
CBS3 Pet Project: Why Size Matters When Adopting  CBS Philly

Cartwright woman loses home, pets to fire - KXII-TV
Cartwright woman loses home, pets to fire  KXII-TV

Boca Raton pet store under investigation by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control - WPTV.com
Boca Raton pet store under investigation by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control  WPTV.com

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/13/19) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/13/19)  ABC15 Arizona

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10 Best Pet Birds — Best Birds for Family Pets  WomansDay.com

Protect pets and plants during cold weather with these tips - WAFB
Protect pets and plants during cold weather with these tips  WAFB

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WANTED: Pet City in Colorado Springs needs help identifying puppy thieves  KKTV 11 News

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Edinburgh pet-owners warned as four cats vanish from same area of city  Edinburgh Live

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