Showing posts with label Lovebirds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lovebirds. Show all posts

Monday, May 7, 2018

Breeding LOVEBIRDS (Part Three)

English: Lovebirds (Agapornis) at Zapari zoo, ...
Lovebirds (Agapornis) at Zapari zoo, Tel Aviv, Israel
(Photo credit: 
Wikipedia)
The quality of food that you give your breeding pair of lovebirds will have a direct impact on their health, ability to fertilize their eggs, and on the health of their young. This is not a situation where you can rely on parrot mix, and your parrots need plenty of fresh healthy greens and fruits. Of course, seeds will also remain an important part of the diet.

The mating act itself will be conducted by your lovebirds on their perch, and to facilitate the process you will need to provide a steady perch that the birds can comfortably grip whilst they engage in the act of mating.

Once your bird has laid a clutch of eggs you will be eagerly awaiting the hatching process. Do not be surprised if all the eggs do not hatch as this is common. The next most common problem after un-hatched eggs is when young chicks do not have the ability to walk well and suffer splayed legs. To avoid this make sure that the nest box flooring is of a suitable flooring that the parrots can walk on.

An experienced breeder will manage these two issues and keep a watchful eye on the parents as they manage the feeding of their young by regurgitating food and giving it to them. To help this process you need to provide foods that are easy to process and regurgitate and ample supplies of water.

Of course, the areas covered in this three-part series have been quite basic and we encourage you to do a lot more research before starting on the exciting journey of breeding parrots.




Sunday, May 6, 2018

Breeding LOVEBIRDS (Part Two)

English: Domesticated lovebirds in an aviary.
Domesticated lovebirds in an aviary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This is the second article in a series looking at breeding those loveable small parrots known as lovebirds. In the first article, we looked at the importance of diet and maintaining clean conditions, and noted that scientific sexing is usually required to identify a breeding pair.

Once you have your pair you will need to cage them either in an aviary or breeding cages. Some breeders will have groups of pairs in an aviary and successfully breed, but the easiest way to put a pair in a dedicated breeding cage. It must be a large enough cage to allow your birds freedom to exercise and have a variety of perches and toys. The minimum diameter of any cage is twice the parrot's wingspan and twice its height, with two parrots in a shared cage it must be larger still.

A nesting box must be provided. It is advisable to have a ledge that provides entry to the nestbox so that the lovebirds don't fly directly in and damage the eggs, furthermore, you should make sure that it has easy access for you to inspect the eggs. Suitable nesting materials include dried grass and eucalyptus leaves. 

Some of the materials should be damp as this is important for successful nesting. Another option is just to pop along to your local pet store and purchase special nesting material.

In the next article in this series on breeding lovebirds, we will look at diet in more detail and the process of raising a young parrot.



Saturday, May 5, 2018

Breeding LOVEBIRDS (Part One)

English: Masked Lovebird (Agapornis personata)...
Masked Lovebird (Agapornis personata) at Auckland Zoo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lovebirds are especially affectionate parrots. There are nine species of lovebird, eight from Africa and one from Madagascar:

  • Madagascar Lovebird
  • Abyssinian Lovebird
  • Red-headed Lovebird
  • Peach-faced Lovebird
  • Masked Lovebird
  • Fischer's Lovebird
  • Lilian's Lovebird
  • Black-cheeked Lovebird

It is the long monogamous relationships that these birds have that gave rise to the name lovebird.
Their precise scientific classification is:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Subfamily: Psittacinae
  • Tribe: Psittaculini
  • Genus: Agapornis

It is hard to describe the color of lovebirds because they have been bred in so many different colors, but basically, they are mostly green with different colors on their upper body. They are really small birds which grow up to seventeen centimeters in height and sixty grams in weight - along with budgies they are some of the smallest parrots. On average they live for up to fifteen years.
In this three-part series, we take a look at what is involved in breeding these lovebirds.

Caring for parrots takes on a higher level of involvement when you make the decision to start breeding. You need to have very healthy specimens, kept on a special diet, and kept in very clean conditions. Of all of these factors, the most important is the diet, because not only is this important for fertility, but also for ensuring that the young a very healthy.

The first step to breeding lovebirds is getting a male and female, no easy task since these birds are sexually dimorphic and require scientific sexing to tell the male and female apart.

In the next article, we will discuss what special steps owners need to take for successful breeding



Friday, April 6, 2018

Baby LOVEBIRDS

The blue mutant of the Masked Lovebird Agaporn...
The blue mutant of the Masked Lovebird Agapornis personata.
This variety is called blue Masked Lovebird. (Photo credit: 
Wikipedia)
* Exotic birds can come in many various colors; the number of different colors they have can't be determined by just examining one individual. Every different individual bird can have their own unique pattern and colors relevant to their species.

* Exotic birds are available in all sizes and shapes to ensure that you are able to determine on which kind of bird you should have from the cage you are able to afford. Most of these birds are really big and have big wings whilst other birds could be extremely tiny. A small cage could be spacious enough to let it even fly inside it.

* Even if you are not there to exercise the pet or keep it challenged throughout the day, a few toys would be sufficient to keep the animal occupied throughout the day. Just like children they adore playing by themselves and watching them play can be really the treat.

* Some species of parrots try to discover how to speak for themselves. You can discover your parrot trying to mimic the sounds it is hearing through the course of the day. This would be a good sign which means you could attempt training it to speak much more and much more.

* Most species of exotic birds like parrots and Macaws are very lively animals which are extremely playful and are active all day. You can anticipate hrs of fun playing with them without tiring them out.

* Birds are some of the most lovable pets around the world due to their playful nature and natural beauty. Getting a bird can be so much enjoyable whilst it teaches the owner to become responsible and care for the pet.



* A nicely groomed and loved pet bird can turn out to be very lovable and it can turn out to be extremely loyal to you. It could usually be about you look out for you if someone comes too close they might even attack that individual.

* Exotic birds can be groomed to be very clean simply because it is feasible to bath them every day. Some birds will adore bathing every day and even like to play with water. This tends to make certain you have a clean pet that likes water and is simple to bathe.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Few Good Species of LOVEBIRDS Kept in our Homes as Pets

Lovebirds
Lovebirds - Photo by Nita J Y
Lovebirds are intelligent birds that kept as pets in most homes. If we ask a person what a lovebird is, then the most common answer you are likely to get is that. Lovebirds are friendly, energetic birds from the parrot family which is kept as pets by many people. These birds are tiny that look like the parrots. However, these birds come in many different colors. Their faces are big with strong beaks and the color of the face is generally brighter than the rest of the body. There are many different kinds of species and their color also varies accordingly. Most often, young lovebirds have a black band on top of their bill and this fades away as they grow older.

Lovebirds belong to the genus called the Agapornis, which is derived from the Greek word ‘agape’ which means love and ‘ornis’ means bird. There are nine kinds of species in love birds and all of these belong to the native of Africa, except one. The Grey-headed lovebird is the only one which comes from the island of Madagascar. The black-collared lovebird is the only forest-dwelling bird. Apart from this, all the other kinds live near the equator in the dry Savannah regions. The lovebirds like most birds also live in flocks that range from a few to more than eight hundred birds. Larger flocks are formed around areas where there are food and water available during the dry seasons. They eat a wide range of foods from the wind like leaves, fruits, nuts, twigs, seeds, and occasionally insects and small animals as well.

Out of the nine species three of them are kept as pets. However, it is very difficult to differentiate male and female in this species. However, both of them can make up to be very good pets. Three species which can be kept in our homes are Fishers Lovebird, Masked Lovebird, and Peach-Faced Lovebird. The Fishers Lovebird has a bright white circle round his eye making him one of the ‘eye ring’ species. His wings are dark green in color although he has a light green color body. Its beak is orangey red in color with a piercing voice.

The Masked Lovebird is also one of the ‘eye ring’ species. It has a black color face and head making it look like a mask. The body and wings are green in color while its chest and neck are yellow. This is a very playful and affectionate pet for many. The peach-faced lovebird is the most commonly kept lovebird. It has green wings with a blue color on edges of its feathers and tail. The color of the face and neck are a variant peach to pink color and a pale pinkish tan beak. This bird is also an energetic and devoted lovebird.

However, there is a wide variety of lovebirds found by the pet industry and from the breeders. Some of them are Abyssinian Lovebird, Albino Lovebird, Black Masked Lovebird, Dutch Blue Lovebird, Fischer’s Lovebird, Lutino Lovebird and Peach-faced Lovebird. The breeders also provide guidelines and best ways to keep your birds healthy. Also, today you find different kinds of housing facilities available for your birds depending on the space required.  These are also named differently like a bird cage, bird perch, bird hide or nest box, Aviary. My friend Cody has an Aviary just in front of his house where he breeds about 50 lovebirds. He spends most of his day with them. When I tried entering into it, an alarm went off and discovered that he had attached the birds' nest to the ADT Security Systems installed in his house. I was very Inspired by the varieties of lovebirds that Cody had in his aviary.




Wednesday, February 28, 2018

LOVEBIRD Cages - Choose the Best Cage For Your Lovebird

Two pet domesticated lovebirds in a cage watch...
Two pet domesticated lovebirds in a cage watched by a large dog. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of the most vital things you need to remember in keeping Lovebirds is the Lovebird cages. The birdhouse should be with suitable and proper size for your loved Lovebirds. Your Lovebird cages should have sufficient room for your Lovebirds to fly openly. A cage 2 feet by 2 feet is sufficiently big for a single Lovebird, but you should purchase a larger one that's even better.

Ensure that the Lovebird cages you are purchasing are those that have bars that are close together. These cuties can occasionally be like Houdini who can squeeze themselves out of the cage, and voila, they fly away, rejoicing the taste of liberty. Also ensure that the door latches are well secured, picking locks is another one of their specialty. As you already know, Lovebirds like to fly round and round, they also like to climb backward and forwards in their cages.

It might be a good idea to provide your Lovebird cages with nice cozy perches. Good perches are a vital component in a lovebird's cage as they spend a heap of time standing on their feet. You may need to avoid choosing unvarying diameters of perches in your Lovebird cages for they may lead to injuries, the foot gets held up in the same position, and they get nearly no exercise and always have pressure points in the same location. You need to have at least 2 perches in your Lovebird cages with varying diameter.Swinging perches could be a nice option, for your Lovebirds will enjoy them. Swings, ladders and interlocked bamboos are a favorite.

Cleaning your cages can initially be a tedious responsibility. Having so many bars, cracks, and openings to clean, it can be tough for new Lovebird owners to work out where to begin. The crevices and cracks provide a perfect place for germs to swarm and as a Lovebird owner, you do not want germs prospering in your cages.

Setting and sticking to a cleaning schedule for your cages is crucial to holding down your job as simple as possible. Breaking down the method into easy jobs each day, week, and month not only saves your resources but makes sure that your bird always has a clean and comfy cage to live in.

Cleaning must be done to attenuate your Lovebird's likelihood of infection. Obviously, grimy Lovebird cages can end up in a large number of significant health problems in your Lovebirds. 

You've got to wash the liners, clean the food and water dishes, wipe down surfaces, including bars, perches, and toys, change the perches and revolve the toys, when washing the cage parts confirm it is totally dried. Wet surfaces on your Lovebird cages can wet your Lovebirds and they easily catch a cold.

Maintaining a clean environment for your pet takes just a couple of minutes a day, but can potentially add years to your Lovebird's life. Do your part to make certain that your beloved pets stay ecstatic and comfortable by keeping their Lovebird cages fresh, clean, and in shipshape.




Tuesday, January 23, 2018

LOVEBIRDS - What Does it Take to Care For These Special Pet Birds?

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Lovebirds for wedding present - Photo by eeekkgirl 
You’ve probably seen these gorgeous birds in your local pet store. They are the miniature green parrots with the big expressive eyes. Love Birds are a good choice for someone who wants a parrot but doesn’t want the commitment that a large parrot requires. A large parrot such as a Macaw can live for 60 or more years, while a Love Bird seldom lives more than 15 years.

Before you go out to buy a Lovebird, you should be aware of what you’re getting into. Lovebirds, like all parrots, are relatively high maintenance pets and therefore require a dedicated and special type of pet owner. Here are some important factors to keep in mind.

Companionship

Love Birds, like all parrots, are extremely social creatures and crave the company of others. If you don’t have a few hours to spend with him every day, then you’ll need to buy another lovebird to keep him company. Without the companionship of humans or another bird, your bird is likely to exhibit problem behavior such as extreme aggression, excessive preening, and constant squawking.

Choosing The Right Lovebird

An ideal lovebird will be 6 to 10 weeks old and hand–fed. A young, hand–fed bird is much easier to tame and train than an older, parent–fed lovebird. The most commonly available species are:

  • Peach Face - This species is usually green, with a peach head, face, and neck.
  • Fischer’s Lovebird - This bird has a green body with shades of yellow and orange on their head and neck.
  • Masked Lovebird - This bird has a green body, with a dark brown colored brown mask around their face and neck. Just below this mask is a yellow band of feathers.
Housing

Lovebirds require a large cage with plenty of room to stretch out their wings and play — obviously, a pair will require a larger cage than a single bird. The majority of the cage bars should be horizontal and there need to be a few perches located at varying levels. Place plenty of toys in their cage to keep them stimulated.

Health

Love Birds require daily exercise to keep them healthy. This means you should let them out to fly every day in a safe room. Make sure there are no open windows or predators (such as dogs or cats) in this room.



You should feed your lovebird a quality parrot seed mix and plenty of fresh, clean fruits and vegetables that are bird–safe. This will give them a good variety that matches what they might find in the wild. You’ll need to remove any uneaten food every day.




Friday, December 29, 2017

Picking a LOVEBIRD - Selecting Your Perfect Bird

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Lovebirds - Photo by ferran pestaña 
There are so many Lovebirds you can select from. There are actually nine species you can consider selecting as a pet Lovebird. Eight of this species are natives of the African continent. These are the Peach-faced Lovebird or Rosy-faced Lovebird that has two subspecies; Masked Lovebird or the Yellow-collared Lovebird, Fischer's Lovebird, Lilian's Lovebird, Black-cheeked Lovebird, the Abyssinian Lovebird was also known as Black-winged Lovebird; Red-faced or the red-headed Lovebird has also two subspecies, Black-collared Lovebird that has three subspecies, and the Grey-headed Lovebird has two subspecies, which is a native to Madagascar, which is also known as the Madagascar lovebird.

It would not be tough selecting a Lovebird among these selections. Lovebirds differ in size and are the smallest parrots in the world. They have a squat build, short blunt tail, and an unusually large beak for their small bodies. They are regularly green with varying colors on their heads depending on their type. Some of their species are known to have an impressive white-ringed-eye, among them, are the Fischer's Lovebird, Black-cheeked Lovebird, and the Masked Lovebird.

There are also species that are sexually dimorphic, they are the Abyssinian Lovebird, Madagascar Lovebird, and the Red-faced Lovebird. It has been extremely popular in the aviculture the many varying mutant colors that have been produced by selective breeding. This only verifies that you have a huge range in selecting a Lovebird. Be certain that the Lovebird you select is bred in captivity.

In picking a Lovebird, you need to remember the likely implications it'd bring in breeding different species of Lovebirds because there are certain probabilities that they fight and might finish up slaughtering each other as these incidences have occurred in the history of keeping Lovebirds. Because of their different appearances, they can be mistaken for other species of Lovebirds as an enemy. Always thinking that another male species is a competitor to a possible partner.

Also, you have to put on your list of needs in picking Lovebirds is their diet and well being. They eat fruits, but not avocados as they are deadly to them, vegetables which are best cooked, nuts, grains, eatable blossoms and flowers, cereals, sprouts and pellets that are formulated for them is a good addition.

Selecting cages should also be one of the things you have in mind when choosing a Lovebird, cages should be the right size, which means it should be spacious enough for Lovebirds as they adore to fly. Apart from flying, Lovebirds also like to chew on things, so much so they are like rubbish makers, so before selecting a Lovebird, you must make certain you have loads of patience, that will tolerate anger amongst the adorable Lovebirds.


Before choosing to have a Lovebird as a pet, be certain that you have the patience, time, and lots of space. If you don't have the room, then taking on a Lovebird may not be the best idea for you. They do need loads of room so they have the spaciousness required to fly.

Lovebirds need regular interaction. Also, they should have quite a few toys - this is an important item to have on your list of needs for your lovebird. Without these distractions, they are going to become bored and stressed which can lead to a tantrum (a bit like a tiny kid) and that can be tough to deal with.

    By Elise Gonzalez

    Elise Gonzalez is a lovebird expert. Do You Want To Know How To Take Care Of Your Lovebird? Build Great Friendship With Your Bird? Discover more information about Picking A Lovebird, visit http://www.lovebirdscaresecrets.com.

    Article Source: EzineArticles



Thursday, November 23, 2017

PEACH LOVEBIRD - Interesting Facts About This LOVEBIRD

Peach-faced Lovebird in Namibia, Africa. Agapo...
Peach-faced Lovebird in Namibia, Africa. Agapornis roseicollis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Peach-faced Lovebird also called the Rosy-faced Lovebird. It's local to dry regions of Africa. Peach-faced Lovebird populations have reduced in some areas by trapping for the pet trade. One of the most well-liked, loving, and freely available species of Lovebird. They are definitely a loud and steady chirper.

Peach-faced Lovebird color can widely alter among populations but the hens are darker and greener, but the cocks are smaller and brighter in color. They're known to shred objects into strips and put it on their backs and fly back home to build their nest.

Peach-faced Lovebirds has a varied, loud and screeching call. Their face and throat are pinkish, darkest on the forehead and above the eye. The bill is greenish-yellow, and their eyes are brown and the legs and feet are gray. Younger Lovebirds have a paler color. They like to prosper in dry areas, but are reliant on the presence of water sources and gathers around pools to drink.

These Peach-faced Lovebirds often become a pest in rural areas, eating the crops. When there's a lot of food, they gather in flocks containing lots of birds. Their diet consists basically of seeds and berries. Finding the proper pair of these birds are tough, for their sex is difficult to establish. Peach-faced Lovebird has the widest range of color mutations of all of the Lovebirds species. There are 4 varieties in aviculture: the Wild-type, Lutino, Pied Wild Green, Orange faced, Cinnamon, Creamino, and AquaTurquoise. As well as many of those mutations can be mixed to provide even more colors called the mixed mutations.

Being an active bird, this Peach-faced Lovebird when kept indoors or housed in a cage, should be supplied with enough room and a clean environment. The larger the cage, the better. It also will be great to put perches in their cage, for them to exercise and prevent health issues like arthritis.
Toys are a must when keeping a Lovebird, it'll preclude isolation and boredom, just avoid little parts that they may swallow. Two Lovebirds may not engage with a human owner as much as if they were by themselves. They could also not get along with another lovebird, and you may need to put them in a separate cage.


The perils and toxins of these Peach-faced Lovebirds are the blue-green algae, avocados, chocolate, alcohol, dog and cat spit, changeable organic compounds, household cleaners, and detergents.
If trained correctly, Peach-faced Lovebirds happily perch on a human's shoulder. They're awfully playful and like to have all of the attention centered on them. Peach-faced Lovebirds need a spread of foods, including veggies, seeds, and fruits, and other human foods that are tasty and healthy.

They can be kept singly, but that needs a large amount of attention. Often they're kept as a pair to satisfy their need of an unswerving companion, mutual preening, and socialization. In a few cases, tiny small squeaky words have been heard coming from a Peach-faced Lovebird. But this isn't standard, and an individual should not expect a speech from their own Peach-faced Lovebird.




Saturday, October 28, 2017

LOVEBIRD Aviary - The Place Where You Can Get Exquisite Lovebirds

Fischer's Lovebird in an aviary.
Fischer's Lovebird in an aviary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Because of the attractiveness of lovebirds, there is no wonder why more people are making them household pets. Aviaries are the most ideal places to visit and be in awe of the loveliness of the African birds. A comprehensive lovebird aviary is where you will find and select the species that you prefer to keep and raise. With the popularity of lovebirds, there are plentiful aviary and breeder sites you can go to.

* Howard Voren is an aviary that focuses on the most uncommon birds in captivity; say for instance, the brilliant amazons in blue mutation.
* Connieís Bird Nest is a lovebird aviary featuring macaws, caiques, lovebirds, amazons and Congo African greys. The site includes a message board, useful information and articles, shopping options, links, and tips with regards to breeding birds which bird enthusiast will find very useful.
* Another bird breeder is Aqua Oceans that is found in New Jersey and specializes in the eye-ring species of lovebirds as well as eclectus, greys and amazons. So, if you are looking for such characteristics and you are around this area, this is the best place to check out.
* The Artemis Aviaries is a lovebird aviary that also gives readers interesting information pieces about hand-feeding pellets and formula and review of ingredients for feeding lovebirds.
* Bucksí African Skies is another aviary in New Jersey that mainly focuses in the African lovebirds species.
* Feather Tree is also a reliable lovebird aviary. It also specializes in the Pyrrhura Conures along with several beautiful mutations of lovebirds that you may find interesting and fitting to the lovebirds that you are looking for.
* Parrot Parrot is a breeder in California as well as an aviary of lovebird species like the peachfaced lovebird, Fischer's lovebird and the Abyssinian lovebird. Many lovebirds enthusiast had found their new pet in here.

A lovebird aviary differs from one another. Some of them can focus on a certain breed or mutation while others are extensive enough to provide numerous species. Definitely, lovebirds are wonderful feathered creatures. You can obtain ideas about the behavior and nature of lovebirds among aviaries.

When bringing home a lovebird from a lovebird aviary, it is essential to provide a suitable cage. They do not require a very big space, just a sufficient cage for your pet to move around. Make them feel as if they are still freely roaming in the aviary where they came from.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

LOVEBIRDS BEHAVIOR and Training Explained

Peach-faced Lovebird - Photo: Flickr
First off in the Lovebirds behavior and training list, Lovebirds need continuing interaction, it could be a human like you or interactions with other Lovebirds. Lovebirds can be simply bored and stressed for they're socially active creatures. They adore to cuddle and hug among one another.

They also regularly preen their favorite folk. They need to be with their owner the majority of the time, and infrequently they can be pretty jealous, another member of the family could be a victim of your envious Lovebird aggression. Each creature incorporates their own temperaments and personality.

Lovebirds need an owner which has tons of time to be with them. They can be really interactive to their owner that often when they're comfy, they are ready to rest on the finger or the shoulder of their owner. Lovebird's behavior can be often outrageous, but mind you, it is dependent on how you treat and how you give your lovebirds training.

Lovebirds are a curious, perceptive, and playful creature. They like to play, fly round and round, and gnaw things. You must ensure that this list of things is in your Lovebird's behavior and training list. A roomy place for a roomy cage, plenty of toys to play with, and things to munch like fresh willow or oak branches, they can also munch on corn, place it on a bright platform - for gratifying a natural behavior. You've got to give your lovebirds correct training particularly with the foodstuffs they're eating. You have got to make sure they eat healthy foods.

Lovebirds may also be trained to whistle or talk, though birds seldom talk, Lovebirds can be trained at a young age. Another strange extra to our cuddly, lovable Lovebird's behavior is paper shredding. Female lovebirds frequently tuck the strips of the shredded papers in their rump feathers, the males do this too, but not as good as the hens, this shows their potency in carrying more materials wanted to make a nest.

Lovebirds training with praise and good behavior can be efficacious in eliminating unpleasant habits. A well-trained Lovebird will be an excellent companion. Letting your Lovebirds sit on your finger or shoulder is also a product of Lovebirds training. You may train your lovebirds to do easy tricks like their relative the Parrot. But you've got to bear in mind that Lovebirds training is not a straightforward accomplishment, it needs patience and time. You should truly watch out in doing this, your Lovebirds might get frightened when it sees your hand in their cage, and there is a likelihood that they can bite you.

So, ensure that all these things and more than likely more issues are in your Lovebird's behavior and training list, to reassure you of a good friendship and friendship with your dear Lovebird.




Wednesday, August 23, 2017

LOVEBIRD Species and Their Amazing Characteristics

The genus Agapornis or the African lovebird has nine species. Eight of these lovebird species originated from mainland Africa while the remaining one originated from the Madagascar region. Three species are common varieties while five species belonging to the rare kind.

The common varieties of the lovebird include the masked lovebird, the peach-faced lovebird, and the Fischer's lovebird species. On the other hand, the uncommon or rare ones comprise the bright red-faced lovebird, the Nyasa lovebird, the Madagascar lovebird, the black-collared, the Abyssinian lovebird and the black-cheeked lovebirds.

Peach-faced lovebird
Photo  by Tambako the Jaguar 
The masked lovebird species are identified through their face that is covered with green mask-like color. Wild ones have blue mask or cobalt. Meanwhile, peach-faced lovebirds are the most popular and most common in terms of captivity. They are noisy lovebird species. If you have one at home, be careful in picking a cage as they need to be safe. They can weigh up to sixty grams. The peach-faced is both inquisitive and vibrant by nature.

Fischer's lovebird is also a very common lovebird species. It was named after the person who discovered it, German explorer Gustav Fischer. It is identified with its green wing, chest and back and its bluish rump. It is a native east-central Africa and Northern Tanzania. It inhabits remote trees with grass plains. It has the ability to fly straight and speedily.

Nyasa Lovebirds typically come in green color. They have different mutations such as the bluish Nyasa and the lutino Nyasa. Another rare variety is the Madagascar lovebird species which is also known as Maddies to many lovebirds experts and enthusiasts. This species originated Madagascar, making it unique from the rest of the species which came from Africa.

Compared to the other lovebird varieties, the Maddie is very small which can only weigh as much as grams and not reaching kilos. It has an apprehensive and delicate looks and has somewhat finches rather than the hook bills which birds have in common. It has a small beak and usually chooses Finch and/or canary seeds over sunflower or safflower seed blends as their staple food.

Black-collared species are withdrawn and not competent in terms of breeding in captivity. The Abyssinian Lovebird is very rare that they are not normally preferred as a pet while the black-cheeked African lovebird species, on the other hand, can consist of the bluish variation aside from the black which is more common.



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Peach Faced LOVE BIRDS

My Peach Faced lovebirds are pint-sized bundles of joy. They have the full personality of parrots while being easy to house because of their size. My birds are little clowns, playing for hours at a time. They love to hang from toys, spin them around, and dance on your shoulder. I have had to watch my buttons! They love to pull them off my clothes! Such loving little birds: they love to snuggle and preen.

English: A trio of peach-faced lovebirds. The ...
A trio of peach-faced lovebirds. The left one has a standard "peach-face" crest, the middle one is a peach-face and a fischeri hybrid (as indicated by the two-colored beak and smaller body size) and the right one is a color mutation aptly named as "orange-faced" (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 love bird, I recommend you get him/her 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 never stop amazing me with their ability to escape their own cages. I have to put copper wire on the cage doors to keep them in, and sometimes they figure out how to untwist the wire and open the door!

Lovebirds will sometimes try to become the little bosses of the household. I recommend using the same type of gentle dominance training that is used for larger parrots.

Are you looking for a bird that you can teach to talk? Lovebirds can learn to mimic sounds and speech on occasion. However, I don't recommend that you buy any species of bird only because of the expectation that it will speak; even the famous African Greys sometimes don't learn to speak. So, if that is your only reason for buying a bird, I'd seriously urge you to reconsider as the bird could end up abandoned because of your own disappointment.

In my opinion, love birds and parrots both make great pets even if they never utter a word. We have both in our home. The lovebirds chatter away all day, never making a sound that anyone can understand, except as being simply 'noisy chatter.' However, our Double Yellow Head parrot makes up for it; his vocabulary is very long, extensive and he is constantly talking.

If you decide to breed love birds just remember they are prolific breeders. You may soon, as we did, find our home over run with lovebirds! And, as a word of caution, "do not" put bark chips in the nest of the baby birds. Though the odor is pleasant to humans and is good for older birds it is too strong for baby lovebirds. I must admit I learned the hard way and had casualties on my hands! Paper is the best thing to put in the nest along with some alfalfa. Do not get powdered alfalfa, rather dried alfalfa blades. If you decide to use paper, do cut the paper (newspaper is best) in long strips and put it beside the nest. Mama will take it into the nest. And, remember if mama snaps at you she is only protecting her nest!

My favorite lovebird is Lucky, so named as it was our first clutch and she was the only one, of six, that survived when I put the bark chips in the nest.



We do not have an aviary breeder, rather, our lovebirds are paired off in separate cages. The best way to tame babies quickly is to remove the babies from the next when they are about two weeks old and hand feed them. This way, the birds get the best of both worlds: the immunity conferred from their parents and the tameness that comes from being handled by humans.

Our lovebirds are abundance weaned so that they are happy, well-adjusted birds. We feed them pellets, a good seed mix, alfalfa, wheat grass, quinoa, sprouted beans, and other veggies and fruits. And, oh yes! Lovebirds love to not only eat grapes, but to toss them around also. In short, lovebirds love playing. They keep us entertained for hours. If you decide to get a lovebird for a pet, you will have made an excellent choice!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Distinctive and Vibrant VIOLET LOVEBIRD

Among the very stunning mutations of the lovebird comes in the most desired shade or color which is the violet. This color dominates and is seen in the lovely violet lovebird. With the effervescence of violet, it grows to be a greatly admired color on the lovebirds, particularly in African lovebirds. The mutation was initially developed in Denmark and is not spreading around the world. The presence of the violet color usually creates a vivid lovebird color pleasing to look at especially that the violet color usually dominates the body of the bird.

Violet Lovebird
Photo by raider of gin
You will see that in a violet lovebird, its rump color transforms from turquoise to purple. The violet mutation is known as semi-dominant, meaning a lovebird that inherited the violet from equal parents may exhibit more vivid violet color. This is referred to as the double factor violet. Meanwhile, a bird that inherited violet from one parent has a single factor violet. On the other hand, not all double factor lovebirds can show the intensity of violet since the mutation can vary in birds.

Violet lovebird breeders believe that the purple tint displays best when combined with white-face blue mutation. Various white-faced blue lovebirds can appear as violet lovebirds along with a silky white face and remarkable violet rump, thus proving as a striking arrangement. The occurrence of single dark factor likewise picks up the influence of the violet tinge all over a lovebird's body.

More lovebird raisers and breeders have become attracted to the effervescent violet lovebird. There are numerous kinds of the purple lovebirds and a number of them illustrate a modest peach trace on the forehead while others display green and blue colors. Such colors which are also very pleasing and pretty to look at when mixed with the violet color.



It could be difficult to tell the difference between the single purple with single dark factor. It is also called medium from the double purple with a dark factor. Single parent lovebirds with double factor purple, when harmonized with a non-violet lovebird, will result to entirely single violet baby lovebirds.

Violet lovebird is a peachfaced lovebird mutation. In whiteface lovebirds, you will see the presence of vast variations in the color of their bodies, ranging from a single hue of violet to other purple hues. The violet rump shows that these African lovebirds carry the purple factor. The whiteface varieties also differ with an intense apricot band in their forehead.




Monday, June 12, 2017

A Beginner's Guide to LOVEBIRDS

Lovebirds are so named from the way they sit close to each other, not because they are in love with each other. Lovebirds can and do mate for life, but it doesn't happen every time.

Lovebirds are social birds and should be kept in pairs. They are very active and curious birds and can even be quite aggressive at times. They can chatter all day long with a sometimes very shrill sound. Lovebirds are native to Africa and a few nearby islands. In their native habitat, they are found usually in small flocks of 10 to 20 pairs.

Lovebirds are of the class Aves, the genus Agapornis and members of the Psittaciformes, or family of parrots. Agapornis comes from the Greek words: Agape meaning love, and ornis meaning bird.

Zsuzsi and Masni (IMG_7040)
Photo  by BékiPe 

Lovebirds typically live from 10 to 15 years depending a great deal on the care they are given, some lovebirds have been known to live to be 20 in captivity. There are 9 species of lovebirds, of which 8 are available as pets. They are not related to the South American parrotlets.

Sexually Dimorphic
1. Abyssinian Lovebird
2. Redfaced Lovebird
3. Madagascar Lovebird (Grayheaded)
Sexually Monomorphic (Similar)
1. Black cheeked Lovebired (Blackfaced)
2. Fischer's Lovebird
3. Masked Lovebird (Black Masked or Yellow collared)
4. Nyasa Lovebird (Lilian's)
5. Peachfaced Lovebird (Rosyfaced)
Characterized by Eye Rings:
Without Eye Rings:
1. Madagascar
2. Redfaced
3. Peachfaced
4. Abyssinian
With Eye Rings
1. Masked
2. Fischers
3. Nyasa
4. Black cheeked
What To Look For In A Healthy Lovebird
1. Active, alert and curious disposition
2. 4 well formed toes, 2 forward and 2 backward, nails must be complete
3. Bright, round eyes
4. Nostrils clear of discharge
5. Feathers lay tight against the body
6. Smooth beak that closes completely
What To Avoid In A Healthy Lovebird
1. A bird that sits huddled in a corner or on the floor
2. A bird with feathers fluffed up
3. Deformed toes
4. Vent fouled with feces or badly stained
5. Signs of weeping or runny eyes
6. Excessive plucking or excessive missing of feathers
7. Bald spots
8. A squeak, wheezing or other abnormality when breathing
9. Nervous behavior
10. Lethargic behavior
11. Dull or lifeless feathers
12. A bird too large for it's normal size (birds can and do get fat)
13. Nasal discharge
If you are a first time or novice lovebird owner, don't choose a bird that you think may be sick, choose the healthiest bird you can find. Many sicknesses can be cured, but better to leave these birds for experienced owners. Don't buy a sick lovebird because you feel sorry for it. If possible get a certificate of health from the breeder or pet shop guaranteeing that a replacement will be made if the
lovebird becomes sick or won't breed.

Lovebirds are not rare, there are a lot of them around to choose from. So take your time and select only birds that you really like the coloring and personality of.

Keeping Lovebirds as Pets
Lovebirds should be kept in pairs, one female and one male. They very much enjoy each others company, although don't be alarmed if they have occasional spats with each other. If a pair of lovebirds constantly fight, then it's best to find each of them another mate. If you're buying birds from
a breeder, make sure the breeder will exchange birds if they are not compatible.

As a general rule, only one pair of birds should be kept per cage. Keep one or more cages far enough apart from each other so they do not allow birds to be able to peck at each other.


When introducing new birds to a home with pre-existing birds, the new birds may not always be welcomed readily.

Lovebird Behavior
Lovebirds need exercise out of their cages daily. Remember: Birds Love to Fly Being cooped up in a cage all the time is not healthy for them, physically or emotionally. Birds kept in a cage will often sit on a perch and flap their wings incessantly.

Lovebirds need between 10 to 12 hours of rest a night. Do not keep your birds in rooms with televisions or other noisy devices when it's time for the birds to roost. Total darkness is not advised either, use a small 7 watt bulb in the room to provide enough night light for the bird to find it's perch and drink or feed if needed.

Keep all electrical wires, extension cords, etc, completely hidden and unavailable to the birds. Never use Kerosene or similar type heaters that give off fumes. Coal and wood stoves are no nos. No matter how hard you may' try, a wood burner will emit fumes and smoke into your home that may kill your lovebird. If you have a home with a wood burner completely isolate a room only for your birds and use an infrared or electric heater. A fairly constant 80 degrees Fahrenheit temperature is about right for lovebirds.

It's not a good idea to keep finches, cockatiels, rosellas, or budgies with lovebirds.

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