A Pet Store Introduction to Lovebirds
April 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
Today you will be subjected to learning all about Lovebirds, which I’m sure you’re very eager to do after meeting Mango and Kiwi. To do this, we’ll take a trip to an imaginary pet store which is completely uninformed on correct parrot care, and where a shopper is considering buying a Lovebird.
Shopper: “Aww, aren’t they cute! What type of bird are they?”
Pet store employee: “Oh, those are Lovebirds. They’re like miniature parrots.”
Actually, Lovebirds are parrots, just like Budgerigars (popularly known in the US as Parakeets) and Cockatiels.
Shopper: “You know, I think I might want one of those.”
Pet store employee: “You should get two – they don’t do well alone.”
As you already know, this is a myth. In fact, Lovebirds are generally better pets when they are kept singly, because they will consider you their mate and spend their time with you. If you keep a pair, they’ll make fine pets, but expect them to mostly ignore you.
Shopper: “All right. So, what’s their personality?”
Pet store employee: “They’re very loving! Just little cuddle bugs!”
Lovebirds are certainly loving, but they’re just as likely to bite as any other parrot. As their beak is one of the largest, if not the largest, of all parrots (relative to size, of course), this bite is also going to be quite the pinch. Other behavior issues they can have includes making big messes and chronic tweeting. 🙂
Shopper: “I was thinking of getting a Cockatiel. Do you think I could keep them together?”
Pet store employee: “That would be fine. The Cockatiels are right over there. . .”
Lovebirds are known for being extremely aggressive toward other parrots. If housed with a Cockatiel, or any other type of parrot (including large types!), they would probably attack – with the result of either a Cockatiel missing toes, or a severely injured or even killed Lovebird.
Because now our pet store employee is telling the customer incorrect facts about Cockatiels, we’ll continue on without his help. Lovebirds are known for forming strong bonds when paired, hence the name and myth, and for having a fascination with small, dark places like pockets. Mango and Kiwi, for example, grind their beaks (in parrot language, this is a sign of contentment) whenever they tuck themselves into places like this.
There are many different kinds of Lovebirds, but the most common is the Peach Faced. You’ll probably have figured out that they have peach-colored faces, and these are paired with a green body and bright blue tail feathers. The color mutation Lutino is thought to be the most beautiful kind, with peach faces and bright yellow feathers.
Lovebirds have super-sized personalities tucked into a tiny package, and if you’re looking for a loving, energetic, whimsical companion, and don’t mind bites, messes, and excessive tweeting, a Lovie is for you. Look for a hand-fed baby at a responsible breeder, or adopt one or two from a rescue!