The lovebird is a relatively small, stocky parrot between 5 to 6.5 inches. Combined with the package is a rather large bill and tail that is either round or square. It’s been reported that some lovebirds had lived for twenty-five years with the average life span in the ten to twelve year range. Many have actually lived to the age of seventeen years.
To differentiate between various species of lovebirds one would have to check their colors and markings. Lovebirds offer a unique coloring combination. Younger birds are typically duller in color and they have black in their beaks. As they progress towards maturity, their coloring intensifies. Regardless of the lovebird species, lovebirds are gorgeous birds and make excellent pets.
We are aware that a total of nine lovebird species exist. Of these nine, three are most commonly available pets and the other six are more rare. The three most common species are the Peach-faced Lovebirds, the Masked Lovebird,the Fischer’s Lovebirds and all three make wonderful pets. There are a number of color mutations in lovebirds which can be bred in many different combinations. As a result, there are many new lovebird colors available.
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Lovebirds are extremely lively birds which awaken at dawn and immediately being to chirp away. They will quiet down by mid-morning and resume their chirping during the afternoon. Lovebirds love to fly around, gnawing on wood objects, chewing on toys and climbing about. They groom themselves consistently throughout the day. They also love many types of toys such as seed bells, ladders, swings, mirrors, shiny surfaces and more. Lovebirds are natural explorers and won’t stay in their cage if given the opportunity. Leave them in a safe area, away from plants, open water or other areas that may endanger your animal.
Lovebirds are very well known for being very social birds. As a matter of fact some would argue that it’s essential for their good health and general happiness to be kept in pairs and not separated. If you happen to be keeping a single lovebird, it must be provided with social interaction that is currently missing from a mate. Lovebirds also develop a fierce loyalties to their mate or keeper.
Lovebirds can be very aggressive towards other birds, so it’s essential to be certain that all pairs get along together and that they are pairs and not mismatched. You will know when you have a good pair if they are consistently grooming each other and feed each other from the crop during the breeding season and all year round.
When housing a lovebird, keep in mind that they are very active and that a bird cages or an aviary must provide sufficient space. Below, you will find some details regarding minimum cage sizes.
• Bird Cages: As a general suggestion Petware House recommends a minimum of 32 x 20 x 20 (81 x 50 x 50 cm) per pair of birds with four or five perches, bath area, as well as space for feed and water dishes. Let your pet out for a daily flight out of it’s cage to help release any stress and for some exercise.
• Bird Perch: Perches should be about ¾’in diameter and a couple is typically optimal. Placing of perches should be arranged in such a way that they are kept away from dishes such as good and water dishes to ensure they don’t become soiled with bird-droppings. Avoid using plastic because your bird will chew and break the plastic and it can become a hazard. Tree branches of a similar size make excellent perches and will help to wear the claws down, naturally.
The heart of our business has always been Marine Fish and the Coral Reef. Our constant dedication to the saltwater hobby has provided the most diverse selection of coral, and salt water fish that the Fort Wayne, Indiana area has ever hosted.
We ensure that our livestock is collected and transported safely and properly from the time its acquired until you purchase it from us. This guarantees that customers receive the highest quality animals on the shortest supply chain possible and that we preserve our marine environment for future generations to enjoy.
Petware House receives new stock almost every week, and if you are searching for that particular fish or coral, we do special orders all the time.
Not to be over shadowed by our dominating Saltwater department: We have more tropical freshwater fish than any store in town. Everything from
Pond Koi and fancy Goldfish to Tetras, Oscars, Piranha, and Catfish.
We also have the areas largest fresh water plant selection. Including species growing on driftwood, potted, and loose bunches.
Currently we are expanding our selection of African Cichlids, so be sure to check back often for more varieties of these colorful fish.
Our discus are bred by a local gentleman and he is always hard at work breeding new varieties. The results of local breeding are much hardier and disease resistant Discus than their wild counterparts.
They acclimate quickly and feed vigorously upon introduction. Many of our customers have successfully had them breed in their homes too.
Petware House is also currently stocking goldfish, guppies, and rosy reds for all your predator fish needs.
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As with any bird or pet for that matter, it’s vital to keep the bird house and it’s related accessories clean and in top performing conditioning. Expected daily includes daily cleaning of the water and food dishes. On a weekly basis you should clean and disinfect the cage. Wash and completely dry the perches and toys whenever they become soiled.
Lovebirds breed fairly easily but we need to meet some requirements to help that process naturally unfold in such a manner that is both conducive and healthy. For breeding purposes, each pair of birds will need two next boxes for sleeping and nesting. Both boxes should be placed next to each other and along the same wall in addition to the same height.
Just like most birds, lovebirds need to exercise and require the largest cage to you can afford. Lovebirds that are cooped up in a small cage and never given much moving room and exercise tend to become somewhat neurotic and develop self-mutilating habits. As a result, it’s important that if kept in captivity, to provide it with a lot of moving space.
A healthy cockatiel diet includes commercially balanced diets, such as Lafeber Premium Daily Diet Pellets, as well as other food, fresh vegetables and some seed. A well-cared-for cockatiel can live for more than 20 years.
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Lovebirds are susceptible to Chlamydiosis, self-mutilation as well as nutritional deficiencies related to an inadequate diet, especially if fed a mostly seed diet.
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No animal on the planet quite represents the sentiment more than the Love Bird. This small, brightly plumed parrot is a favorite among bird enthusiasts and a popular pet. Lovebirds have inspired poets and scientists alike for a long time. Without any further ado, here are some fun facts about Lovebirds.
1. Lovebirds don’t eat chocolate, it may seem like common sense, but save your chocolate and give it to a person. Lovebirds survive on a healthy diet of seed, fruit, berries and occasionally insect lave. In Africa, Lovebirds are known as crafty crop pests, as they feast on millet and maize farms.
2. Aggression is not an uncommon behavior in Lovebirds. The parrots are territorial, and well known to get along poorly with birds of another species. Within their own kind, they can also become jealous or hormonal during mating season. In captivity, they’ve been known to attack other bird species and other Lovebirds, with peach-faced lovebirds the most notorious for aggressive behavior.
3. If a mate dies or gets separated from the flock, its companion exhibits erratic behavior that some have likened to depression. Birds kept as pets often don't like being alone and will exhibit similar behavior in captivity.
4. Often after a long separation or stressful period of time, breeding pairs of lovebirds feed each other to re-establish their bond. One bird transfers food to the mouth of its mate, a feeding technique reminiscent of affection in humans—hence the inspiration for the parrots' name.
5. Lovebirds are cavity dwellers and make their homes in tree holes, rocks or shrubs in the wild. Some species nest in groups while other’s pair off in an effort to build their nests away from the flock. In urban settings, they might rely on anything from tree to a crevice in a building. Peach-faced lovebirds in Arizona or Phoneix, often make their homes in cacti.
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