Lovebird parrot general
are parrots, members of the Psittacidae family.
includes African Grey Parrots, Amazon Parrots and the
are small, stockily built parrots measuring from 12-17 cm with large bills and
square or round tails.
all Lovebirds is a base colour of green, although there are many mutations and
permutations of colouring.
are native to Africa – apart from the Grey-Headed which comes from
Lovebird parrot breeding:
These birds develop a strong bonding between
pairs and it has been said that if one of a pair dies the other may die from a broken heart. On the other hand they
can become very aggressive towards birds of the same sex.
Lovebirds usually have good temperaments
towards humans, they display entertaining behaviour and breed relatively easily. As such they make an excellent
choice of ‘feathered’ pet.
When choosing a bird choose one which displays the best signs of health and
quality. Do not choose one, which shows signs of
lethargy, discharge from eyes or nose, fluffed plumage, large bald patches, skin irritations, laboured or noisy
Whilst travelling home ensure that the lovebird
is protected from draughts and undue stress.
Lovebird parrot cage:
A large cage is essential – the bigger the better. Lovebirds
love to use their powerful beaks to shred anything they can so cages must be
sturdy, non-toxic and easy to clean.
Make sure the cage is situated in a draught free and quiet
area. Provide a bath for your lovebird, as they love to bathe.
Plastic perches can be used in the cage but the best option
is to use natural branches – wide enough to wrap its feet one-half to
The bird will also use the branch to sharpen its beak and
claws so replace branches when the Lovebirds have removed the bark.
Lovebird parrot feeding:
In the wild Lovebirds are free to select from a
wide range of seeds, greens, insects and other foods. It is possible to buy standard commercially prepared foods
reasonably at any pet shop. However seeds should be supplemented with fruit and green foods, tree branches and
occasional soft foods. Offer a combination of fresh vegetables and/or fruits each day.
You could offer some sprouted seeds. Soak some
of the seed mix in clean water for 24 hours and place in a warm place for a couple of days. When the seeds sprout
rinse them in water and offer to the Lovebird. Vegetables, which can be offered, include Brussels sprouts, cabbage,
spinach, parsley, also dandelion, chickweed and shepherds purse. Some common fruits include figs, soaked raisins,
apples, sweet oranges, soft pear and peaches.
Lovebird taming and training:
Once you feel that your bird has settled, you
are ready to start hand taming. Place a dowel against the birds’ breast and try to get it to step onto the dowel.
Encourage with sunflower seeds or millet spray and eventually it should step onto the dowel.
Once he steps onto the dowel with no problems
you can teach it to step onto your finger. Have the bird step onto the dowel, slowly move your finger to the breast
and gently try to get the bird to step up to your finger. It may take some time but once finger tame your lovebird
is on its way to becoming a very tame pet.