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Little Miss Sunshine (Sunny)
Courtesy Jane Branison, Missouri

My lovebird, Little Miss Sunshine, aka Sunny, is a Creamino mutation lovebird. I was hand-feeding her for another breeder and fell in love with her. She has so much personality. She says, "What are you doin?" and "Gimme a kiss," followed by kissy sounds. She does a very good wolf whistle too. She doesn't have a mate, but lays her little eggs anyway. During this time she is not sweet, but most of the time she is a little doll.




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Sassy/Courtesy Jessica House, Virginia

In Memory of Sassy
Courtesy Courtesy Jessica House, Virginia

This is in memory of Sassy, my male peach-faced lovebird. Every time we would walk by his cage, he would be chirping and running along the bottom of his cage as fast as he could because he wanted to come out to be with us. He loved to just be with us. Also, whenever we would let him out so we could fill his food dish, if we weren't watching him closely, he would jump straight into the seed container and begin eating.  He loved to eat and would do almost anything for a sprig of millet or other treat. He would serenade us with his quiet "sleepy chirp." His favorite toy was any piece of paper he could shred, but he liked chewing our homework the most.  He wasn't like your typical lovie.  He always wanted to be out with us- most lovies are independent little guys (or gals).  He was truly a loving lovebird.  Sassy put the "love" into lovebird. Unfortunately, an immuno disease cut his life short. We only had him for three short years. He was our first bird, and no other bird could ever replace him or come close to him. He was always there to cheer us up when we were upset.  He always had some funny little thing to entertain us with.  He was always on our shoulders, just enjoying life. 

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Mini/Courtesy Lisa Hovaldt

Mini
Courtesy Lisa Hovaldt, Florida

I have been recovering from a chronic fatigue illness.  I really love animals, and as we already have two dogs and a cat, I really wanted a lovebird.  I did some research and found a lady who was selling just weaned, peach-faced lovebirds.  It was fate! We bought our peach-faced lovebird a couple of weeks before my birthday.  Our lovebird is 7 months old now. I am thankful for this bond of love and dedication that my bird and I have as my health and my stamina improve everyday.  It has really been inspiring as well as healthy! 




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Houdini/Courtesy Kristina Ortiz, Puerto Rico

Houdini
Courtesy Kristina Ortiz, Puerto Rico

Houdini is a 5-month-old peach-faced lovebird. We have her parents so she was born in our home. We never intended on breeding our lovebirds but we put a box up for them to hide in. In October, I looked into the box to see if her mother was ok and I found two babies. One looked fine and the other had splayed legs. I called my mom to see what I should do and, after talking for awhile, we decided it was in the best interest for the baby (Houdini) to take her out (and her brother for company) to hand-feed them and try to fix her legs. We managed to fix her legs by putting a small sponge between her legs for awhile, and now she is able to walk and climb her cage. She taught me that I need to be patient and that you don't have to be perfect to be loved.    


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Hue and Ava/Courtesy Brian J., Illinois

Hue and Ava
Courtesy Brian J., Illinois

My partner and I are owned by two lovebirds. A 5-year-old Fischer’s lovebird named Hue and a 4-year-old creamino mutation lovebird named Ava. The two of them are our world. We love them so much and they love us just as much. For the first several years of their lives we thought we had a male and a female but were very surprised to find an egg in the little boys’ cage one day. So, that proved us very wrong. We didn't see the need to change his name from male to female because Ava's nickname for Hue is "bubby." They are caged separately but get lots of out-of-cage time together to play. Their favorite activity is to shred anything and everything in sight! They love paper and race each other to see who can shred the fastest. Both of them have made our lives so fulfilling and we love them so much. They love us a lot too. I know this for sure because they tell us all the time by saying, "I love you."


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Bebe
Courtesy Janet Greenlee, New Jersey

Dear Missy: I’ve been thinking about you a lot, and I especially want to tell you just how much joy and pleasure you gave me with those two dear little lovebirds. I’ve never had them before and so enjoyed learning about them. They are so beautiful, cheerful - and prolific!
Because of them, I have experienced the whole reproductive process - from mating and conception to nesting, laying and brooding of the eggs. Then the excitement of the eggs hatching and watching the naked little babies grow daily, gaining strength and, eventually, feathers! The devoted care of the parents is inspiring.
Bebe was, and remained, from the beginning and through numerous fatherhoods, a loving pet to me. He enjoyed cuddling under my chin, having his head and neck preened, and he sometimes preened my eyelashes if I fluttered them in his direction. He was trusting, loving and so cheerful. He answered when I called his name and we would have ongoing conversations in "lovebird" - though I have no idea of what I said, he seemed profoundly interested. I just wanted you to be aware that because of you and your thoughtfulness and your gift, I’ve had an experience and a relationship I’ll remember all my life - and probably would have missed
Love you, Jan. (From a letter to her cousin)

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Cloudy/Courtesy Amy

Cloudy
Courtesy Amy

This is my story of Cloudy, an Australian cinnamon lovebird.  At 2 days of age, her mom helped her have a splay leg (sat too hard), and then rejected her.  So she was hand-fed from day two. As she grew, she would look and find trouble, got tangled and was threatened by bigger birds.  To keep her from harm, she mainly stayed on my shoulder all day. Cloudy never considered her self handicapped.  She always considered herself better than the others, whether they were humans, birds, cats or dogs. One day while petting my little gal, she laid her first egg in my hand!  I was surprised!  I think she was too! Cloudy now has a boyfriend, Stormy. Anyone thinking a lovebird couldn't entertain as much as a larger parrot needs to meet this spoiled rotten-bird!  She is, indeed, special!  And even when Stormy is sitting on eggs, she is begging me for scritches!


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Rainbow/Courtesy Earla Hollon

Rainbow
Courtesy Earla Hollon, Texas

Rainbow is a black-masked lovebird.  I bought him from a pet store when he was only a few months old. I spent as much time as I could with Rainbow in the evenings; but, because I work, during the day he was alone. I had Rainbow for approximately three months when I bought a male Pacific parrotlet, whom I named Trinity. From the moment I brought Trinity into the living room Rainbow frantically tried to reach Trinity. I thought that he wanted to attack Trinity.  I kept the two birds apart for three or four days. Rainbow was flying loose in the living room and made a bee line for the carrier; not to attack Trinity but to make friends. I opened up the door to Trinity's carrier cage and within minutes Rainbow was inside the carrier with Trinity. They have been buddies ever since then, for over four years now. I did not realize just how deeply bonded they were until Trinity became sick with lead poisoning at 2 years of age. My husband and I fixed a little container for Trinity to sit in (his legs were paralyzed at this point). Rainbow took over nursing Trinity back to health. Rainbow started regurgitating to Trinity. Trinity would move his little head from side to side trying to avoid Rainbow; but in the end he would give up and allow Rainbow to feed him. During the early mornings and in the evenings I would syringe feed Trinity and hold him in my hands wrapped up in a little cloth for warmth. But during the day while I was at work, Rainbow stayed in the container with Trinity and fed him frequently. Trinity survived and, other than a very slight weakness in his claws, is completely recovered. My vet and I both believe that Rainbow's devotion to Trinity was instrumental in Trinity surviving what could have very easily killed him.



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Ms. Lucy-Lou Beepers/Courtesy Lisa Miller, Ohio

Ms. Lucy-Lou Beepers
Courtesy Lisa Miller, Ohio

I have a lovebird named Ms. Lucy-Lou Beepers. It's funny that she is a lovebird because so far, she hasn't been very loving to me. Lucy came from a pet store that knew nothing about birds. I felt bad that she had to live behind that glass in the store. The day after I was there my husband went back and bought her as a gift for me. Lately she has come closer and decided that maybe humans aren't so bad after all. She watches the other the birds crawl all over me and sees that nothing bad happens to them. Lucy loves to play in her water bowl. Her second favorite thing is to go into the big parrot cage and jump from perch to perch, steal a little parrot food and play with the big bird toys. She also loves to climb curtains, I'm forever saying, "Lucy, get down." I love my little lovebird and she's starting to show that she loves me. She doesn't know she's a lovebird though, her best friends are cockatiels.




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AS ALWAYS IT IS NICE TO READ THE SORIERS OF THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR HEARTS TO OUR FEATHERED FAMILY
PATRICIA, MILFORD, NJ
Posted: 3/20/2008 8:26:28 AM
Lovebirds are so cute. I love the stories.
Kevin, Antioch, IL
Posted: 3/13/2007 12:17:40 PM
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