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.

5 comments

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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