Categories | Bird Breeders | Lovebird Breeders
If you are after a small, cheerful, and beautiful bird, you may want to get a lovebird – or a pair of lovebirds! – as a pet. These can be incredibly rewarding and they are great for even the newest of bird keepers. Read on for more.
About the Lovebird
The lovebird is a small parrot that got their name because of how they tend to sit in pairs while they preen each other. They are around 13cm long from head to tail and they have a short, rounded tail. Species of lovebirds that are available in Australia include the Peachfaced Lovebird, Fischer’s Lovebird, Nyasa Lovebird, and the Masked Lovebird. There are over 100 feather colours and combinations available. The original colours are known as normal colours while colour variations are generally named according to their colour. Some species of lovebird have a white eye ring around each eye and they are very popular.
The lovebird is a social, noisy bird that loves to chatter. Chattering means that the lovebird is happy. Some species of lovebirds are suitable for living in colonies while others like to have lots of human contact (such as the Peachfaced).
Caring for a Lovebird
If you are planning on keeping lovebirds as pets, you can keep them in a cage or an aviary. If you choose a cage, make sure they have plenty of room to fly, and that you let the birds out of the cage regularly, so that they can interact inside the house. Make sure that you don’t keep too many birds inside an aviary. As an example a 2 metre long by 2 metre high by 1.2 metres wide, can hold 5 to 6 pairs of lovebirds or 2 to 3 pairs of Peachfaced lovebirds (as Peachfaced lovebirds can get territorial and aggressive). Ensure that the cage or aviary is made from a strong material that will withstand them chewing. It should also have natural pieces of wood and cuttlefish for them to chew on.
As far as their diet goes, you can feed them on a special lovebird mix or a small parrot mix. You can supplement the seed with leafy greens such as spinach, and chopped up fruit and vegetables. Clean, fresh water should always be available, and a shallow dish of water will be appreciated by the birds. Plenty of toys should be provided and the lovebird should be provided with a routine, or an environment that stays the same – not too many weather changes for example.
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