Lovebirds don't require grit to digest food like parakeets/budgies do. But I remember very well hearing my 'keets chomping on grit.

My lovebird, Peaches, makes similar chomping sounds. She's usually very fluffy and looks very comfortable and a bit sleepy when she does this. I can hear her going chomp, chomp, chomp. My question is what the heck is she chomping on? It sure isn't grit.
Jill
Lovebirds don't require grit to digest food like parakeets/budgies do. But I remember very well hearing my 'keets chomping on ... hear her going chomp, chomp, chomp. My question is what the heck is she chomping on? It sure isn't grit.

It's called "chewing the stone" and is just a sign of contentment. Many bird species do it (our green cheek conure, dusky conure and all four of our cockatiels do it).
Lovebirds don't require grit to digest food like parakeets/budgies do. But I remember very well hearing my 'keets chomping on ... her going chomp, chomp, chomp. My question is what the heck is she chomping on? It sure isn't grit. Jill

I believe she's grinding her beak...typical parrot hygiene to keep the beak in good working order. Usually perceived as a sign of contentment right before bed.
My lovebird, Peaches, makes similar chomping sounds. She's usually very fluffy and looks very comfortable and a bit sleepy when she does this. I can hear her going chomp, chomp, chomp. My question is what the heck is she chomping on? It sure isn't grit.

My budgies do that at bedtime; I love that sound because it means they're relaxed and content. I've sung Happy Birthday to them at bedtime for the past 8 years, to the point that even if I sing it during the day, they'll stand still and begin crunching their beak. )
Lovebirds don't require grit to digest food like parakeets/budgies do. But I remember very well hearing my 'keets chomping on ... hear her going chomp, chomp, chomp. My question is what the heck is she chomping on? It sure isn't grit.

My budgerigars do that too. I'd always assumed that they were 'chewing the cud'.