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Lovebirds - Species Profile:
Origin: Africa and Madagascar
General descriptionLovebirds are small stocky parrots that have been kept as pets for over 100 years. They have a short blunt tail and a relatively large, sharp beak. There are nine species of Lovebirds. Eight of them are native to the African continent (the Peach-Faced, Red-Faced, Abyssinian, Nyasa, Swindern's, Masked, Black-Cheeked, Fischer's), and the Grey-headed Lovebird is native to Madagascar. Each species has its own colours and markings. The most common one - the Peach-Faced Lovebird - has a gorgeous yellow, green, and blue body with a brilliant splash of peach or apricot on the head. The Fischer's Lovebird, Black-Cheeked Lovebird, and the Masked Lovebird have a prominent white ring around their eyes. The size of these beautiful birds is 5 to 7 inches.
The average lifespan is about 15 years.
TemperamentLovebirds are known to be very active, curious and playful. Being extremely social, they need plenty of interaction, so consider getting at least two birds if you cannot devote your companion as much time as it needs. Make sure you don't get a male and female pair if you don't plan on breeding.
Lovebirds tend to be very cuddly birds compared to other pet bird species, and they form very deep bonds and strong emotional attachments with their owner and mates. It's very important that they are adopted by those who are going to keep them for life. Separating a Lovebird from the object of its affection can be a death sentence.
Because of such intense personalities, Lovebirds are somewhat prone to nipping and other behaviour issues such as territorial aggressiveness and jealousy. Some bird owners believe that females tend to exhibit that kind of behavior more often than males. Regardless of the gender, proper socialization of the birds is very important. It's not recommended to house a Lovebird with a bird of a different species.
Lovebirds hardly talk or mimic, but they are extremely exciting and charming to watch and interact with. It's believed that hand-raised babies make the best pets.
Health and nutritionAs Lovebirds have a very active personality, they need plenty of space to explore, climb, and fly. Many indivuduals love to chew, so they need to be provided with a lot of wood and toys. This also helps exercise their jaw muscles.
A Lovebird's diet should consist of grains, grass, seeds, and berries. A variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and greens should be offered to supplement the diet.
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