Agapornis, or Lovebird; now there is an interesting name. Do you have images of cute little birds cuddling
with one another? FORGET IT!
These guys bond very well to humans, but they are territorial and therefore, not too friendly with other birds.
Don't misunderstand me, though. Once lovebirds choose a mate they bond very strongly to that mate!
If you are getting a lovebird, you have to ask yourself if you want a bird as a best buddy or if you want
to watch many birds interact as entertainment? Be aware; it's very very rare to get a bird that will maintain
its relationship with you and its mate.
There are nine species of lovebird. We deal with the Peachfaced variety, or Agapornis Roseicollis.
These lovely birds are native to the western region of Africa, around Angola and Namibia.
Lovebirds come in a wide variety of colors:
Normal, Dutch Blue, Sea Green, Violet, White Faced, Orange Faced, Australian Cinnamon, American Cinnamon, Pied, Creamino,
Lovebirds, like all parrots, should have a variety of foods:
- fresh fruits and veggies - well washed
- dried fruits are good - be sure that they are free of sulfites
- pelletized bird food - ask your vet for recommendation (we use Roudybush and Zupreem)
- fresh seeds - not the sunflower variety
- pasta - yep, they want your spaghetti!
- crackers, cereal and the like are nice treats - WATCH the salt and sugar content. Salt and sugar can harm your bird's
The following foods should never be consumed by your birds:
- coffee, tea, colas and the like
- chocolate in any form
- avocado - by itself or in sauces
- junk food (high fat, salt and sugar content)
First, understand that they get up with the sun! In the winter, it's not so bad, but in the summer . . . . (this
is a good reason for a cage cover.)
- When they get up, they want to eat. These smart guys know when you are fixing their breakfast too!
- Then its time for a little socializing and bird horseplay.
- By around 10am, my crew decide it's bath time. If you're too close, you'll get a bath too.
- Then its preening time.
- Lunch seems to follow.
- Around 1pm or so, it's nap time for about 1 hour.
- When the nap is over - its playtime! Balls fly, bells ring, cheeping, chirping, squeaking and all sorts of noise
and action go on.
- Dinner time!
- Time to come out and play with the humans during the work week (on weekends they come out more often).
- Training time for about 15 to 30 minutes per bird!
- Play time (lots of play time)
- Bed time
Rose, our wonderful vet, told me that if I didn't want to have a larger family, the birds should get about 12 hours
of daylight. Any longer and they'll play "birds-n-bees." Just thought I'd pass that tidbit along.
Most anything goes. You need to provide lots of toys, and switch them around regularly. Toys are especially important when
you can't play with the birds yourself. They love ropes, bells, swings, boings, Slinkys, balls and paper (lots
of paper!). I find that the more challenging a toy is the better they like it. I buy toys that I can stuff with
treats. They will work at it until they get the treat!
Play time with us encompasses anything from tag to basketball (don't ask me what the rules are- the birds make them up).
"Chase" is a favorite game as well as hide-and-seek, and just being a snuggle bug.
These little guys are a lot of fun!
Some books I would recommend for your avain library: