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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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Gregory's Gift of Hope provides pets with a second chance  RiverTowns

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Health risks to pets from marijuana exposure  Agri News

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Colorado lawmakers consider landmark animal rights bill banning shelters from euthanizing pets over lack of space  FOX 31 Denver

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Pause for Paws event offers free microchipping services for first 100 pets  KHON2

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Pampered Pets Inn raises money for Lake Norman Humane  Statesville Record & Landmark

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Five pets die in Vancouver house fire  KATU

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How to prevent and treat allergies in pets  WWNY

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George Washington's Pets  Alabama Public Radio

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Check out these 12 adoptable pets to brighten your day: Feb. 22-23  SILive.com

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For the love of pets | Monticello  ECM Publishers

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Is PetMed Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETS) Expensive For A Reason? A Look At Its Intrinsic Value  Yahoo Finance

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Shelter gets grant for 'Pets for Military Vets' program  The Morning Sun

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Pets with Potential: Giovanni Cheeks McGee  WCAX

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6 important tips to make that pet camping trip a success  TribLIVE

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MAPS Pets of the Week: Meet Francine, Tallulah, Ambrosia, and Chicken Noodle  Hub City Times

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Pet owners tell 5 On Your Side they didn't know about potential complications from flea, tick medications  WRAL.com

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Guest Column: Our pets deserve better | Columns  Daily Astorian

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Boulder-based Waggit sells first 1,000 digital wearables for pets  Boulder Daily Camera

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Pets of the Week: Chorkie and Kooper  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Raising Cane's donates $1135 to support local pets at Fuzzy Friends Rescue  KXXV News Channel 25

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'Who's a Good Beer?' Ohio brewery launching new cans with adoptable pets  WKRC TV Cincinnati

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Vets and advocates say legislation may harm, not help, pets locked in hot cars  WZDX

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Keep pets safe, inside during inclement weather  WCTI12.com

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Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Ali, Baxter, & Benny  SweetwaterNOW.com

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Celebrating shelter pets: Hopkins Academy grad's 'Shelter Me' series continues on PBS this weekend  GazetteNET

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CCSPCA Pet of the Week: Mimi  Santa Maria Times

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More than 20 pets dead, others missing after Middletown house fire  WLWT Cincinnati

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Meet This Weeks Adorable Adoptable Pets, Praline & Tiarra  Patch.com

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Photos: Colonial Capital pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

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Keeping your pets safe as Pearl River rises in Marion County  WDAM

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KCAS Pets of the Week: Malinda and Seth  WOODTV.com

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PHOTOS: This week’s adorable, adoptable pets from KHS  WAVE 3

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Which country spends the most on its pets?  The Economist

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Photos: Cute and Furry: Adoptable Pets From Forever Paws  Fall River Herald News

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Hundreds of people and pets join Paw Walk at botanic garden ...North County events  The San Diego Union-Tribune

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KSBW Pets of the Week: Forrest Gump and Lt. Dan  KSBW Monterey

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Pets of the Week: February 20, 2020  WSIL TV

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Love Your Pet Day: 9 ways your favorite creature can improve your health  CNN

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Here are 11 pets from Boston.com readers to brighten your day  Boston.com

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Vital Essentials Hosts Hemp Expert at Global Pet Expo  Benzinga

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Most pet-friendly cities in America  msnNOW

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Minnesota bill pushes for pet adoptions, would ban dog and cat sales from commercial breeders at pet stores  KAAL

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OSU Veterinarians Warn Pet Owners Of CBD Concerns  news9.com KWTV

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Students hard at work for 14th annual PAWS Pet House Challenge  Carolinacoastonline

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Syracuse animal advocates 'link' elderly, disabled & veteran pet owners to resources  CNYcentral.com

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Buddy and other pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  AZCentral

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Pets of the week: These cute strays are read to fill your home with love  MLive.com

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3 displaced by fire; pet feared dead | News  KCTV Kansas City

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Opening date revealed for The Secret Life of Pets ride  Theme Park Insider

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Columbus Humane offering services in addition to pet adoption  ABC6OnYourSide.com

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7 tips for becoming the best pet owner ever  Fox11online.com

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Pet of the Week: Mojo  County 17

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PET TALK: Shrink your carbon pawprint with eco-friendly pet care  Chron.com

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Pet oxygen masks donated to Middletown firefighters  WAVE 3

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Pet Insurance Firm Pumpkin Signs in Chelsea  Commercial Observer

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Missouri law would penalize pet owners for misrepresenting pets as service animals  KY3

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Celebrating National Love Your Pet Day - 47abc  WMDT

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Benny  KCBD

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Pampered pets: From acupuncture to specialty diets, how Americans shell out billions a year on their 4-legged  WFTV Orlando

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Fecal excretion of PFAS by pets  Science Daily

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Pets parade for New York fashionista crowd  Reuters

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NJ pets in need: Feb. 17, 2020  NJ.com

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Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (2/19/20)  ABC15 Arizona

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New technology allows pet owners to spy on every sniff and shredded slipper  Seattle Times

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Thousand Dollar Puppy Found, Returned to Pembroke Pines Pet Store  NBC 6 South Florida

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Reducing your pet's carbon pawprint  KARE11.com

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Coronavirus: Volunteers rush to help pets trapped in locked-down Wuhan  NBC News

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Pet of the Week: Poinsettia  WMC

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Pets Are Part of Our Families. Now They’re Part of Our Divorces, Too  TIME

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Dead, sick puppies taken from Ypsilanti Township pet store  MLive.com

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Aggieland Humane Society Pet of the Week: Smudge  KBTX

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Coming soon: More pet camping sites at Pennsylvania state parks  TribLIVE

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Thursday's temperatures pose danger to kids and pets  WIBW

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Tyrone is pet of the week  Herald-Mail Media

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Pet Diabetes Care Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)  GlobeNewswire

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It's National Love Your Pet Day, and you're sharing photos of your animals  TribLIVE

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A vet in your pocket: New ways to help ill pets  BBC News

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