LOVEBIRD GENERAL INFORMATION

Agapornis species.

I don’t know enough about each of the lovebird companion species and mutations to provide details of their similar or differing qualities in the wild or as companions. When I see lovebirds in motion, I always think of the seven dwarfs busying themselves with their chores. The myth that they must be kept in pairs is generally not true. In fact, when lovebirds are kept in pairs or flocks they may be harder to keep tame but may still stay tame with individual handling and daily interaction. Well-socialized handfed lovebirds make exceptional companions if they receive consistent handling and affection. These solid little birds are playful, energetic, pugnacious, and, often, fearless.

Lovebirds often like to burrow under or into material and enjoy a hideaway place in their cage. However, if they perceive this area as a nest, it could cause territorial aggression. Lovebirds are the kind of busy little bird who, once they find a small mole, scab, or dermatological imperfection; they will remember its location forever. The moment they step on you, they will go right to it until it is obliterated. This is especially true if the caregiver makes a big dramatic deal about not letting the bird chew on them. The best idea is to just remove the bird from the area without any comment.

The genus for Lovebirds is Agapornis. Agape gives the indication of a strong love for others and pornis indicates a different kind of  "love".  Lovebirds (as with some other parrots) may exhibit sexual behavior including masterbation, trying to "seduce" other birds, and sometimes their human caregivers. It is best o just ignore this type of behavior.  

These are generally chatty birds. They are rarely good talkers although I have known lovebirds with vocabularies of ten or more words. 


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