Lovebirds are pint-sized bundles of joy. They have the full personality of parrots while being easy to house because of their size. Lovebirds are little clowns, playing for hours at a time. They love to hang from toys, spin them around, and dance on your shoulder. Watch out for your buttons! They love to pull them off your shirts! They love to snuggle and preen. Many people believe lovebirds must be kept in pairs. This is simply not true.
A single lovebird makes a better pet because it bonds to you rather than to another lovebird. While it is easy to keep a pair of lovebirds tame, if you plan on spending lots of time with your bird you can keep it alone. However, if you work long hours and don't think you'll have a lot of time for your lovebird, we recommend you get them a companion. 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 can amaze you with their ability to escape their own cages and they will sometimes try to become the little bosses of the household (hence, the same type of gentle dominance training used for larger parrots should be used with lovebirds). They can learn to mimic sounds and speech on occasion.
They love a good seed mix, wheat grass, sprouted beans, and other veggies and fruits. Lovebirds love to toss grapes around.
If you are about to get a lovebird, you need to make sure you have the basic requirements, before you even bring them home! Here is a list of the basic requirements for any lovebirds.
- Lovebird Cage or Aviary
- Water/Food Feeders (usually with cage)
- Shell Grit
- Small Parrot Seed
- Full flight cage or aviary
- Play Gyms
- Calcium grit
- Calcium & Iodine bells or supplements
Suitable For People Aged: 7 & over
Experience Required: Preferable smaller birds
Feeding Care Time Required: 10 minutes a day
Maintenance Time Required: 1/2 Hour a Week
Minimum Space Required: Lovebird cage or aviary
Cost of Upkeep: (approx) $5 Per Week
Life Span: (approx) up to 7 years
Availability: All Year