You might be drawn to the boldness of Amazon parrots but don’t think you are capable of caring for a larger bird. A pet lovebird could be a perfect choice. Lovebirds can be fascinating, but challenging pets if they are easy to care for and willing to learn.
Lovebirds make good pets
The personality of lovebirds is a little different than that of most other pets birds. Before you decide whether they are the right species for your family, it’s important you understand their unique characteristics.
General Lovebird Temperament & Personality
While lovebirds are great pets, they are more aggressive than parakeets and cockatiels. They can have lots of personalities and are affectionate towards their owners.
How to keep a lovebird at ease
You must spend time caring for your lovebirds every day. It is best, to begin with, a baby lovebird who has been fully weaned. Then, spend some time talking to the bird and gently stroke its feathers while you hold it. They love attention but can be naughty if they are not given enough.
Lovebird Pairs or Singles
The traditional belief is that lovebirds must live in pairs. This is because two banded birds will often sit together and preen one another. If a lovebird has the chance to bond with its owner, it can live happily alone.
A rule of thumb is that two lovebirds may be less friendly to their human companion than a single one. One pet is better than two if you want your lovebirds to bond closely with you. You can keep your lovebirds together if you don’t feel the need.
Lovebirds Can Aggress
Lovebirds can sometimes be aggressive so they should not be housed alongside other species. You should not keep them together. They may attack any new lovebirds they have introduced to their cage.
Males lovebirds make better pets
While there may be exceptions, males tend not to be as aggressive as females. Females are more aggressive and can become very nippy as they reach sexual maturity.
Lovebird Physical Characteristics
There are nine types of lovebirds. Three types of lovebirds can be kept as pets: the Fischer, masked, and the peach-faced. Each of these three species is small in size and measures approximately 5 to 6-1/2 inches. Their stocky bodies and short tail feathers make them look quite different from smaller parrots such a parakeets.
How to house a lovebird
Every lovebird needs a safe, spacious home. Here are some guidelines to help you understand the needs of your new pet.
Rectangular cages offer the best space for lovebirds to fly in and out of as it would in nature if they were free to do so. A cage measuring 30 inches L x 18 inches W x 18.8 inches H is the minimum size. But, you can have one or two lovebirds in a larger cage provided that the spacing between bars is no greater than five-eighths.
Lovebirds need to get a good night’s sleep of approximately 10 to 12 hours. To protect them, cover the cage at night to block out any light.
Three-fourths to one-and-a-half inches is the ideal size for a lovebird’s perch. It is best to have several hardwood perches so that they aren’t easy to chew. Also, one cement conditioning pech is recommended to keep your nails and beaks trimmed.
The grooming requirements of a lovebird are quite simple.
Routine Trimming and Bathing
Lovebirds love taking a dip in the water dish after they get their freshwater. If you are trying to save water, you could give your pet an extra bowl of water to bathe. Your avian veterinarian may need to trim your pet’s nails and beak if the cage is not equipped with a cement perch.
While wing trimming may be controversial, it can help to reduce your pet’s chances of escaping. You need to find the right balance between trimming enough flight feathers that it doesn’t hinder full flight and trimming too many, so your pet won’t crash or injure. Your vet should take care of trimming your pet’s feathers to ensure it is done correctly.
While it’s unlikely your pet will ever have serious health issues, regular veterinary care can help to keep things in order.