Lovebirds

How to love your lovebird

The lovebird is a playful and energetic small parrot – with great big opinions about life. They are feisty and spicy and full of themselves. Their inquisitive nature will have them exploring every corner of its world – and yours.

Contrary to their names, they are not cuddly birds. They are independent and can rarely hold still long enough to enjoy being loved on by their owners. Things to do…places to go. They thrive in a busy and active home.

That is not to say that they are not a friendly and sociable bird, quite the contrary. They love to spend time with every member of the household and while they might have a favorite person, they do not tend to discriminate against any others. Love birds love everyone equally, well , almost equally.

A common myth is that lovebirds do not thrive in captivity without another lovebird for companionship. This is untrue! While a lovebird will gladly accept the company of another of its species, it regards its humans as flock mates and will bond closely with them.

How to keep your lovebird showing the love

Lots of socialization is the key to keeping a lovebird happy. They require out of cage time every day that involves interaction with the whole family. The lovebird is not typically known as a bird that demands the attentions of its owner and they are quite content to play independently. However, this fact might contribute to behavioral problems like biting, as owners are more likely to neglect the socialization of a bird that does not demand it.

Those birds that do not receive a lot of interaction with their humans can become unfriendly and unpredictable in their behavior. Lovebirds are, by nature, cage territorial and nippy. They need a daily dose of positive experience with their flock members to remain handle-able.

24 comments

niky

@Kayla Suzan: I’m no expert like Jamie is, but I have lovies and I tell you: hens are winged terrors (there is a reason they have a fame). They’re also extremely sociable — but it must be in their own terms: they’re very territorial, so interaction should ideally be done where she can’t see the cage. I’m about to start target training with my own winged terror very soon, in hopes she won’t be as aggressive.

niky
Kayla Suzan

Hi I got a new lovebird about 4 months ago. She was suppose to be hand fed but she will not stop biting me all the time. She’s drawing blood. I’ve tried everything and toys do not help. She wants to bite me. She wants in my hair and she won’t stop lunging at me. I’m losing patience and I’m tired of being bit. I dread getting her out of the cage now. I really I love her but I don’t know how to get her to stop being so aggressive. I really love her. Her name is Bailey.

Kayla Suzan
Alisa LaVine

I’ve had my baby love bird for about five weeks. You nailed it about them being very active. He’s forever exploring his environment and loves to shred his toys. So far he is quite cuddly and especially loves sitting only shoulder while I’m doing (parrot safe) housework. He’s always willing to try new foods and is doing well with training. He learns quickly! He was hand raised from a responsible breeder and while shy at first, it didn’t take more than a week for him to really start feeling safe, secure and confident. Lovebirds are a fabulous species!

Alisa LaVine
Mariam

I got my Lovebirds about a month ago and they are doing pretty good in target training. My girl Lovebird Peach ( a green peach-faced lovebird) will eat out of my hand. But my male Lovebird will eat out of a wooden spoon and out of his bowl of course. But whatever I try to do they won’t interact with me outside the cage or inside even though I spoil them with treats. :-(

Mariam
Diana Fors

I rejoined two lovebirds 15 years ago. They are as you describe them but yet they love me. They love to climb all over me, they know tricks, and behavior commands(thanks to you). They are so comical. We traveled in a motor home for almost 6 years, with other pets also. They loved it. We talked back and forth while we drove. I can hardly think of my life without them, it sure won’t have the same number of laughs life does now. But they never got over being hand shy, but we respect them and in return they love companionship with us.

Diana Fors
Vitória

I think it really depends on the bird, cause my birds were like, in one side phoenix was angry and tsundere, while piper was jus a litte ball of feather that would cuddle for hours a day. And I should say I’m obsessed with lovebirds so I know everything about them haha, but as I was saying, it really depends on the bird, cuz thats what they say, lovebirds are not cuddly, lovebirds are not pets, but look at mine! ❤️🐥🐥

Vitória
Problem with my lovebirs

I had a problem with my lovebirs 1. My lovebirds don’t want to be tamed. I try to tame them for drummroll 3 years but NOTHING 2. They don’t want to eat fruits and vegetables (only apple) and I try enything that you post on this chanel but NOTHING. What can I do? 😢

Problem with my lovebirs
Jordan

I just got my lovebird it’s still a baby I hand fed it the first 3 days and all it wants to do is sleep on my shoulders in my hair I don’t want it to think my shoulder is another perch but I also want to bond with it

Jordan
fatima choudry

hey can you pls show how to train 2 birds at once they live in 1 cage together but like each other they are not trained or used to hands and bite

fatima choudry
Erin

Like Lori, I emphatically disagree that lovebirds are not cuddly birds and that they love everyone equally well. I’ve had 25 years of experience with lovebirds and have found them to be extremely cuddly. They do love to shred and play and run all around, but the majority of their time is spent on their favorite person’s shoulder or cuddled into their hand or under a chin. They love to be scritched, and are very insistent about it.

Erin
julius

How long do lovebirds live? Especially the ones from the store.

julius
Shanna Anderson

Cutest thing, don’t expect you to post this. I have two new 4 month old lovebirds. I tried clicker training the second day. The blue lovebird would butt the stick with the top of his head instead of touching with his beak. Our yellow lovebird caught on right away and since the blue bird was close by he would just pick up the seeds that fell on the ground that the yellow (no names yet) would drop. We want to give them one on one training but they are really sensitive about getting in and out of the cage so we just leave the door open and they both come out. So, just before we were going to separate them we tried once more and the blue did it, touched the stick with it’s beak, three times. the yellow bird touched it with her foot and since the goal is to touch the stick we laughed and gave her a treat. Then she did it again. Such personality….lets see if this works with my humans. ha ha. hoping to get to the point where they will step up. They are still kind of ticked that their wings were clipped. We plan on not clipping their wings though but kept them that way til they got the lay of the land. Thanks for all the tips and training you do.

Shanna Anderson
Sophia Utarid

i have recently gotten two lovebirds on kijiji, one is very scared and shy she won’t even let you get in a meter span of her the other lovebird hates everyone she meets and loves to bite

Sophia Utarid
John Bell

Can anyone help me identify the breeder as I need information on my two love birds I’ve had for 18 months. Both have leg tags one is a blue tag with:CZ1627768 The other is a dark orange tag with BCA08965.016053.

John Bell
lina oneil

I have accidentally created a 1 person bird who is agresive to every one else in my family. I am now aware of how to prevent that but I cannot figure out how to fix it.

lina oneil
Ava Travis

Hello! After watching your videos and learning more, I thought reaching out to you would be a good idea. I have friends with birds of their own, but they could only help me to a certain extent with my moms birds. Specifically her lovebirds, Fruitloops and Blue, who have a variety of things I’m trying to work on. She got them last August, from Florida at a parrot shop (Tampa Lovebirds I think???). She pick Fruitloops a young (1-2yrs) female that was not hand fed, and Blue a 1yr male (I think?) that was hand fed. Fruitloops is scared of us and we don’t push it so not to stress her out. She won’t take food or treats from my hand or from surfaces i leave them on. At one point i got a long popsicle stick and tied a millet to it that way she wouldn’t have to deal with my hands, it failed miserably. Do you have any advice on how to begin to get her trust? I know how to clicker train, but she doesn’t want food. She does love the toys I make her though. Then there’s Blue. He’s hand fed and more curious, he’ll even take millet strands from my hand. The few time I go him to sit on my hand he was pretty good about it. But he is also wary of my hands to an extent, he doesn’t want to step up unless given no other way out. He visibly tenses if you move towards him and runs away from hands or perches presented in your hand. To make matters worse his wing is injured. it looked like a broken blood feather at first, I am not experienced enough to remove one so we cleaned the area and out some coagulate on the area and just watched him. This happened the day before the fourth of July so none of the avian vets we called would see us. A lot of the vets around us don’t see parrots so i’ve been calling vets located further away, finally found one today. He’s been chewing on the spot on his wing. He had pin feathers, but over the last week I’ve seen him bleed more and pull more feathers and aggravate the area. I’m hoping the vet will shed some light on this tomorrow, we thought he was going to be fine for a time, but it got worse. Any idea why Blue is aggravating his wing? He holds in a way that suggests its painful or bothering him. Could it be stress? His diet? Is it behavioral?? I can’t wait for the avian vets opinion here, hopefully it won’t be too serious. I really want to work with Blue and gain more of his trust Sorry for the spam here, if you’ve read this far, I thank you! Not sure if this all incoherent babble or not. I need advice and I want a better quality life for our birds.

Ava Travis
calla stevens

I have 2 lovebirds and they are very scared little birds. I have had them for 6 months and I have tried everything with them. They just hide in a corner. I am also having a hard time to get them to eat any fresh food. I offer it everyday in different ways . It makes me sad they are scared of me, but they do come down when I sit in a chair next to the cage with my green cheek and they sing and sing. What would you do? I have a bird room where all my birds are, to keep them safe from my cat. I just bought your cook books so I am hoping they will eat something out of there, and my other birds will get different meals. Any ideas on the lovebird I would appreciate it I want them to be happy and healthy. PS They are caged together.

calla stevens
Jeremy

I have two love female love birds they are really scared i dont know what to do

Jeremy
liting from china

got my couple lovebirds 6 weeks ago, they’re raised in a cage and very afraid of me and my husband. and Then I started watching your YouTube channel four weeks ago. the enlightenment just came right through me. It’s us human who needs the training, I learn to read their body language and work gradually with them and always ask nicely. They stopped biting and hiding. (They fly to higher places from time to time though) yesterday one of them stepped up on my hand. I’m so grateful for your contents.

liting from china
Lori Youngash

Hello. Thank you all of the valuable information and tips that you provide for people to take better care of their birds and have closer relationships with them. I currently have 6 lovebirds and 2 cockatiels. I also have fostered baby birds and handfed baby lovebirds for professional breeders. I have found that lovebirds are extremely energetic and need a lot of time to play and interact with each other outside the cage every day. I have a bird playroom to ensure they are safe and get lots of stimulation and interaction. I disagree with lovebirds being described as not needing a lot of human interaction. All of my lovebirds (males and females) love to cuddle and climb all over me any chance they get. I have found them to be extremely affectionate.

Lori Youngash
Cecilia Ross

I almost lost my little girl to chronic egg laying.I tried everything. Light limiting,no paper shredding. You name it I did it. There was a love bird at the pet store I used to visit. I felt so bad for him. He was alone shin high in his cage.No toys dirty water.It broke my heart. So I gambled and bought him. Hoping he was a he. I got him home and my girl started displaying.They waisted no time. I wanted to quarintine him but the contact calling was breaking my heart.So I put them together.I figured getting her a mate would stop the egg laying. It worked!!I dove in head first. Got every book magazine etc..I could get my hands on.I successfully hand fed and raised those babies.Over the years they have given me 12 babies. Success! One vet (avian) Told me to get her “fixed”! I just got lucky.The little boy had been ignored so long he reverted back to wild.He has never bitten me. He hides under his mate.😆. Is it too late to train him not to fear me??

Cecilia Ross
Morgan Connor

Hello my name is Morgan I’m writing to you because I have a love bird who I have bonded to very well, he will be 3 next year in June… I’m a college student and I love him to bits I give him all of my attention When I am home more then 4 hours out of cage everyday. I have a concern and a question for you though, soon I’ll be going for a nursing degree. I’m currently in college And trying to survive on my own with work. I get paid $9.50 and I work over 40 hours a week if possible … I’m afraid in the next year I’m not going to have the same amount of time to spend with my Lovebird Val And have been considering getting him a partner or cage mate… I’m very afraid about doing this though because I don’t want to change the bond that we currently have built… Or have his new mate and him dislike each other and fight. I’ve heard horrible horrible stories. There isn’t a lot of information online about love birds and every site that I do find with people who own them seem to be contradictory. Girl with girl is good, boy with boy is good, boy with girl is good, And I’ve heard the opposit where all of those are bad. I Want the best for him and I’m willing to do everything possible to make him happy.. And I’m terrified of him becoming depressed or lonely while I’m trying to progress in my career. His mental health is very important to me. So I’m at a bit of a loss as to his future. Do you think it would be a good idea for me to get a Friend for him. Or Should I just offer him more toys ? I really don’t know. Im just Worried because I am hyper sensitive to how he is feeling and can tell when he is lonely or Needs more attention than usual or anything..I’m really good at reading his body language. When we are together Val is like Velcro to me haha Personally I am more than Satisfied continuing on with only him, he makes me extremely happy. But if getting him a friend will help him and enrich his life further while I am working hard for mine. I am willing to take on the challenge of handling 2 birds. ( If I was to get a second bird I would keep them separated for at least 6 months or longer so that I can build a bond with him or her and train.) What do you think ? And Thank you for taking the time to help me 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Morgan Connor
Hong

Why my Lovebird afraid of me???

Hong
But should I open my bird cage since I bought it yesterday and how long it takes to make them trust me😟

Should I open my bird cage since I bought it yesterday and how long it takes to make a bird trust me.

But should I open my bird cage since I bought it yesterday and how long it takes to make them trust me😟

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