If you want a little bird with lots of energy and packed with personality, a Lovebird mightbe just what you are looking for! These tiny, curious, colorful clowns will entertain and delight you for hours with their many antics.
Note: In most cases it is best to keep a single bird as a pet because once a Lovebird bonds with a mate, he usually doesn't interact as well with humans, but there are always those special cases where this proves to be untrue.
However, if you work long hours and don't think you'll have a lot of time for your Lovebird, we recommend you get a companion for him/her. This will keep your Lovebirds happy and prevent boredom. It is important to realize that while Lovebirds are a small parrot, they have the intelligence and abilities of some of the largest parrots. They seem to think things through in some birdie logic. They can amaze you with their ability to escape their own cages (I have to put clips on the cage doors to keep them in, and sometimes they figure out how to open those!) they will also try to become the boss of the home.
The name "Lovebird" refers to the nine species of the genus "Agapornis". Eight of these species originate on the African continent, with the ninth coming from the island of Madagascar.
Three species of Lovebird, the Peachfaced, Masked, and Fischer's, are relatively common in captivity. The remaining species are either uncommon, or completely unknown in aviculture, and are collectively referred to as "the rares."
The Common Species
Peachface Lovebird [which includes the White Face], the Masked Lovebird, and the Fischer Lovebird.
The Rarer Types
Black Cheek Lovebird
Redface Lovebird [not to be confused with the Peachface Lovebird that is a deep red color]
The Black Collared Lovebird
The bigger the better as far as housing. . Lovebirds need a cage which has at least two places to perch, with room to fly from one to the other. Perches need to be a size which is comfortable for the birds feet, not too small or too large. Water must be changed and the dish washed every day.Lovebirds love to play in their water. They also like to shred paper.
Lovebirds also can be territorial about their cages, and you may have to learn to respect that because it is a Lovebird "thing." In this case, when you are getting him out of his cage, simply put your hand by his cage door so that he can step out onto it. You may find that if you place your hand inside his cage unexpectedly, you'll get nipped. It is best, when cleaning his cage, to have him out of his cage.
Lovebirds need activity in and out of the cage to stay healthy. Swings, ladders, and interlocked bamboo rings are favorites. The 6 inch cockatiel swings are the best size for lovebirds.
Lovebirds as pets and they are the bird in our home that keeps us
laughing with their adorable personality and clowning
Cockatiels tend to be the preferred companion bird, but I think that must be because people don't know as much about Lovebirds. The Lovebird is finally gaining popularity! They are just as nice a companion bird as cockatiels and they can talk. They do have a higher energy level, love to play and can be mischievious. If you want to buy a companion bird/lovebird, buy just one lovebird. If you have a pair they will be devoted to each other and will not interact with people as well, but watching their activty together can be just as enjoyable.
You will not regret bringing a Lovebird baby into your home.