A pet lovebird is a great option if you like the charismatic Amazon parrot but aren’t sure you can handle a larger bird. Lovebirds are fascinating pets if you are willing to learn how to take care of them, and you don’t mind a nip to remind yourself who is really in control.
Are Lovebirds Good Pets?
You will find lovebirds a little more unique than other pet birds. It is important to get to know their personality before you decide if it’s the right species.
General Lovebird Temperament and Personality
Although lovebirds make great pets, they can be aggressive and feisty. They are very affectionate and have a lot of personalities. They can be quite cantankerous so it’s a good choice for someone with experience in keeping birds.
Keep a lovebird company
If you don’t spend enough time with your lovebirds, they won’t be able to stay tame. Start with a fully-weaned baby lovebird and spend time holding and talking to it. You can also gently stroke its feathers. Although tame birds love attention, they may become impatient if you don’t take the time to spend with them.
Lovebird Singles and Pairs
Lovebirds are traditionally thought to have to live together because they can preen and sit next to each other. A single lovebird can be happy on its own, provided it can bond with its owner.
Two lovebirds who bond to one another may not be as friendly towards their human companions. It’s better to have one pet if you want your lovebird to be close to you. To prevent loneliness, keep two pets together if you don’t feel like handling your lovebird.
Lovebirds can be aggressive
They can be aggressive and should not be kept with other species. They can attack other lovebirds in their cage, so make sure they get to know each other well before you put them together.
Males who love birds are generally better pets
There are exceptions to this rule, but males tend to be more gentle than females. The more aggressive species is the females, which can often be quite nippy once they reach sexual maturity.
Lovebird Physical Characteristics
There are nine species of lovebirds. The three most common lovebirds available for pets are the Fischer, Masked, and Peach-faced. These three species are all small birds, measuring between 5 and 6-1/2 inches in length. Because of their stocky frames and short tail feathers, they look very different from other small parrots such as parakeets.
Living with a Lovebird
Every lovebird needs a safe, spacious home. These guidelines will help you to understand what your pet requires.
A minimum cage size of 30″ L x18″ W x18″ H is ideal for one or more lovebirds. However, you can get a bigger cage if the spacing between bars is not greater than 5/8ths of an inch.
Lovebirds require a restful night of 10-12 hours. Cover the cage at night to keep out light.
A lovebird’s perch should be between three-fourths and one-and-a-half inches in size. You should use multiple hardwood perches that can be chewed easily, and one cement conditioning perch to maintain the nails and beak trim.
Grooming is easy for a lovebird.
Routine trimming and bathing
Lovebirds love to take a bath and will often go for a swim in the water dishes after being given fresh water. If you wish to save your pet’s drinking water, you can provide a separate water bowl for him to use. If you have a cement perch, your vet may need to trim your pet’s beak and toes.
Although wing trimming can be controversial, it can reduce the likelihood of your pet running away if you allow him to get out of his cage. It’s important to strike a balance between trimming enough feathers to prevent full flight and too many that your pet could fall and injure themselves. It’s best to have your veterinarian trim the feathers so that it’s done properly.
Although it is unlikely that your pet will have serious health problems, routine veterinary care can help keep them on track.