What Are Lovebirds?
Lovebirds are a small but smart species of parrot that make for excellent companions. Lovebirds are native to Africa, and of the nine lovebird species, eight can be found throughout mainland Africa, while the Grey-headed Lovebird is found in Madagascar. Of these nine species, three are commonly kept as pets – the Peach-faced Lovebird, Fischer’s Lovebird and the Masked Lovebird.
Their popularity as pets has led to decreasing numbers in the wild, and while trapping is restricted, captivity as well as climate change has contributed to their status as a threatened species. While their plumage is mostly green in the wild, hybrid lovebirds often have very different colors and hues as they are commonly bred in captivity.
What Makes Lovebirds a Good Pet?
As their name suggests, Lovebirds are known for being social and affectionate. They are monogamous and form strong bonds, and are among the types of birds that typically mate for life.
Lovebirds, like parakeets, are also one of the best parrots for first-time bird owners or first-time pet owners in general. They are smart, sociable and very loving, and often want nothing more than to spend time with their owners or another bird they have bonded with. Though they need a lot of attention, owners will find lovebirds to be some of the most devoted pets.
How Do You Care for Lovebirds?
Though they are small and stocky birds, lovebirds pack a lot of personality into their tiny frames. They are very vocal, and like Lorikeets need a lot of toys and attention. While it is normal behavior for their species, they can make loud, high-pitched noises throughout the day that can be bothersome for certain owners. Though they can be aggressive and territorial towards other birds or pets, lovebirds are some of the most loyal and affectionate birds once they bond with someone, and when well-socialized are a lot of fun to be around.