Why You Should or Shouldn’t Own a Pet Lovebird
Ever wondered why Lovebirds are so named – it’s because they are monogamous by nature and spend hours perched next to their partner; true love at its best. Lovebirds are birds with a ‘personality’ and if you are considering buying one, your comparable option would most probably be a Parrot. This is because Parrots and Lovebirds are similar looking. However, there are some stark differences that you should keep in mind before making the final choice.
The brightly colored Lovebirds look like mini parrots and are easier to keep than most other birds. Their smaller size is more than compensated by their curiosity and energy levels. They relish toys and would peck enthusiastically at any bells or blocks kept in their cage (hanging or on the floor); they have hard beaks so metal or wood toys would last longest.
Lovebirds don’t talk. They are not silent birds but if you are looking for a bird to mimic your sounds, you are probably better off with a Parrot (though I must warn against getting a Parrot solely on hopes that it would mimic sounds). Pet Lovebirds chirp to their partner and also to their owners. On rare occasions this communication has been found to be a melodious tune, but mostly it’s a high-pitched chatter.
While they are lovey-dovey with their partner, they are not social with other birds. If you have a cage with birds of other species, you must be careful not to place your pet Lovebird in it. They will fight aggressively with the other birds and in some cases this can be fatal. Having said that, Lovebirds are a great pet to have – they work as effective stress busters and can add bundles of happiness to your life in many ways. Just watching them sitting next to each other and chirping to each other brings a smile to the most worried of faces.
But sitting is not all they do. A pet Lovebird will love to play around their cage and even though they don’t need a big cage, they will probably be happier with the extra space to play in, as they are extremely playful and will hang on swings and peck on toys if given the chance.
True to their name Lovebirds are not only loyal to their mate but also establish a strong bond with their owners and can be taught a few tricks. Although a pet Lovebird may take some time to form a bond with the owner, once they do, they will playfully sit on your finger and if trained, they can fly around the room without flying off. I know of an owner who has taught his bird to push a pea into a net every single time!
In summary, if you are thinking of getting a pet Lovebird you should know that while they are small, bright and colorful they need commitment from the owner. While some birds only need to be fed, these pets need attention. But once they form the special bond with you, they can be an entertaining pet for a long time – their lifespan is about 20 years!