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Meet The Lovebird

The lovebirds are playful, fearless, energetic little birds that make great pets for those ready to handle all that attitude in a tiny body.

Sally Blanchard

Peach-faced lovebird

When I see lovebirds in motion, I always think of the seven dwarfs from the story and film "Snow White” busying themselves with their chores. The myth that they must be kept in pairs is simply not true. In fact, when lovebirds are kept in pairs or flocks, they are usually more difficult to keep tame, but may still stay tame with individual handling and daily interaction.

Well-socialized, hand-fed lovebirds make exceptional companions if they receive consistent handling and affection. These little birds are playful, energetic, pugnacious and, more times than not, fearless.

Lovebirds often like to burrow under or into material and enjoy a hideaway place in the bird cage; however, if they perceive this area as a nest, it could cause territorial aggression.

Lovebirds are the type of busy little bird that once they find a dermatological imperfection on you, be it a small mole or scar, they will remember its location forever. The moment they step on you, they will go right to it. This is especially true if the caregiver makes a dramatic deal about not letting the bird chew on them.

Lovebirds are chatty birds, but they are rarely good talkers. I have known lovebirds with vocabularies of 10 or more words. In the mid-1970s, I had a little peach-faced lovebird named Charley that said his name and several more words quite clearly.

I have met quite a few young lovebirds of various species and mutations but have only known one peach-faced lovebird that lived more than 15 years. Most of the people that I have talked with agree that the average life span of a lovebird is less than 10 years, with a potential life span of 20 years or even longer for birds on a nutritious diet and good care.

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Posted: February 5, 2014, 5:30 p.m. PDT

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I have four Lovebird, Pretty Baby is a Masked Lovebird, Chico is a Filcher's lovebird, Marigold is a Nyssaa Lovebird, and Frodo is a Peach faced lovebird.
Shirley, Salida, CO
Posted: 4/29/2014 6:58:09 PM
They are characters, for sure and seem to think size does not matter.
Carol, Annapolis, MD
Posted: 2/11/2014 8:19:36 PM
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