In the past I always had parakeets and they were all mirror junkies. Couldn't get enough of looking at themselves and regurgitating seed to try to feed their image.
Now that I have a lovebird, I find she has absolutely no interest in gazing at herself. I bought one of those "mirror mates" with a recordable chip, motion sensor activated. So when she goes for the treats in the treat cup she hears me saying "Pretty Peaches". Allegedly this repetition helps teach birds a phrase. She eats the treats, cocks her head at the sound of my voice, and ignores the mirror completely. Seems rather odd. I never met a bird who wasn't vain Emotion: smile Your thoughts?
Jill
In the past I always had parakeets and they were all mirror junkies. Couldn't get enough of looking at themselves and regurgitating seed to try to feed their image.
Now that I have a lovebird, I find she has absolutely no interest in gazing at herself. I bought one of those "mirror mates" with a recordable chip, motion sensor activated. So when she goes for the treats in the treat cup she hears me saying "Pretty Peaches". Allegedly this repetition helps teach birds a phrase. She eats the treats, cocks her head at the sound of my voice, and ignores the mirror completely. Seems rather odd. I never met a bird who wasn't vain Emotion: smile Your thoughts?
Jill
My love bird was so obsessed with her mirror I took it out; she would not eat or drink, wouldn't even move! After the mirror was removed, she became a bit more nippy.
- pianoharp
Now that I have a lovebird, I find she has absolutely no interest in gazing at herself. Jill My love ... not eat or drink, wouldn't even move! After the mirror was removed, she became a bit more nippy. - pianoharp

Thanks for the reply. I guess I should be thankful she doesn't give a rip about it Emotion: smile It does strike me as odd, though. She's much more interested in wooden block toys and rope toys, and of course, different veggies I'm trying on her. The last two birds I had would look at any kind of veggie or fruit as an interloper in their cage. Peaches barely waits until I've set the (whatever) in place to go inspect it. She has a much more open view of fresh foods Emotion: smile
Jill
Now that I have a lovebird, I find she has absolutely no interest in gazing at herself. Jill My love ... not eat or drink, wouldn't even move! After the mirror was removed, she became a bit more nippy. - pianoharp

Thanks for the reply. I guess I should be thankful she doesn't give a rip about it Emotion: smile It does strike me as odd, though. She's much more interested in wooden block toys and rope toys, and of course, different veggies I'm trying on her. The last two birds I had would look at any kind of veggie or fruit as an interloper in their cage. Peaches barely waits until I've set the (whatever) in place to go inspect it. She has a much more open view of fresh foods Emotion: smile
Jill
Kinda makes you wonder. About the veggies I mean. Some birds I've had just plain take to them at once, while others either never do or take a ton of coaxing. I wonder if it has something to do with how they're raised. Some "Old-timer" on this list probably has some ideas ...
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interested in wooden block toys and rope toys, and of course, different veggies I'm trying on her.

The last two birds I had would
look at any kind of veggie or fruit as an interloper in their cage. Peaches barely waits until I've set ... never do or take a ton of coaxing. I wonder if it has something to do with how they're raised.

Oh, I'm sure of that. I think Peaches was given lots of fresh foods (she's only about 4 months old now), whereas some of my 'keets were raised strictly on seed diets and didn't know what to make of anything else.

Some "Old-timer" on this list probably has some
ideas ...

Heheh, I'm not an old timer on this group, but definitely not a newbie to birds. Got my first bird for my birthday in 1966. I'm just going with the flow; Peaches is the first non-keet I've had but one can incorporate decades of knowledge to this new (to me) breed as well. She is happy and healthy, especially since I had that irritating band removed and she stopped plucking at the feathers around her leg. Thankfully she didn't get so unnerved she decided feather-plucking was a good thing!
She's pretty vocal, too. When I come home from work she chirps at me to make sure I know she knows I'm there Emotion: smile Today she's especially chatty since I'm listening to some CD's while I type. She likes music.

Jill