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Where Has All The Love Gone?

Lovebirds love to love, so why the decline?

By Jessica Pineda

Lovebirds love to loveI was never particularly interested in the smaller parrots during my three years working for pet stores. Lovebirds were no exception, though, for my first two years the store I worked at didn’t carry them. When I moved on to an avian specialty store, if a person sought a small bird, I would recommend a cockatiel, budgie or Bourke’s parakeet, because I was more familiar with them as a species.

Overall, my experience with lovebirds was this: They were just little birds that many people admired for their beautiful colors, but their interest quickly turned to the larger and seemingly more impressive, parrots.

That was until Tori, a lutino peach-faced lovebird, came into my life. Abandoned at the avian specialty store I worked at, I became her de facto owner and consequently, I was thrown into the lovebird world. I consider this a good thing. Having not heard about certain lovebird traits, the first time Tori bit me for reaching into her cage, I wasn’t terribly concerned. I thought I deserved it.

**For the full article, pick up the September 2008 issue of BIRD TALK**

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