I 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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