You might have came across some pocket sized books and other such stuff, which are miniature versions of large things, and can easily fit in your pockets. Thus they are easy to handle and care for! But have you ever heard about some pocket sized bird? Lovebirds are a living example of them. These miniature parrots fulfill all the benefits and benchmarks set up by a common parrot, and in addition to it, have a small size, thus rendering them to be a more favored pet than the common parrot.
Lovebirds are small clown creatures, who like to play, and have the stamina to play for hours on a stretch. Alongwith being cute, they are extremely notorious as well! They like to play pranks with the guests or their owners by imitating their voice, or just by picking on their shirt buttons, as they simply love doing this! So when you have pet lovebirds, prefer wearing a T-Shirt! It is commonly told to get these lovebirds in a couple, but that is not mandatory, and in fact, not even necessary as long as you would entertain that little creature. These birds create a bond with someone they see everyday, and that too without much difficulty, which eliminates the need of a companion of the same specie. But if you are an office person, and won’t be present in the house for most of your time, then better get a couple of these birds, so that any of them doesn’t get bored while they are alone. A few quick facts of lovebirds are mentioned in the space below.
- Lovebirds saw their origin from the land of flora and fauna, that is Africa. The scientific name of Lovebird is “Agapornis”. The literal meaning of “Agapornis” can be derived from two languages. The first part, that is “Agapein” means “To Love” in Greek language, and the second part, that is “ornis” means “Bird” in Latin, thus giving the lovebird, its name.
- There are 9 different species of lovebirds. Cross breeding has been tried in many laboratories of various countries, but the produce that was obtained was in no manner, similar to the parent’s characteristics, or ideal for the purpose of keeping as pets. It just felt as an act of playing with nature, as a positive outcome was not obtained by cross breeding, and also, the off springs could not be used to produce the original specie, thus decreasing its value.
- Lovebirds don’t always remain by their name. Although they do love everyone, but at the same time, easily get angry, and as a consequence, can bite their fellow beings. These birds maintain a life long relationship with their companion, and are extremely good at maintaining inter-specie relationships too!
- Birds that are trapped from the forests, and then are used for the purpose of domestication, don;t make such good pets when compared to the birds, that have already been bred by someone. The reason behind this is the birds captured from the wild are not habitual of living in captivity! They will take a long time adjusting in the extremely different conditions. In the beginning, they would even face depression for a while, and after that, they would start developing a relationship with you, but by that time, your patience would have given up and you would have started seeing that little creature with a different morph! Moreover, capturing more of these creatures that are living in the natural habitat would just be like disrupting the nature’s flow!
- Lovebirds are known to mate for life, which means they would be giving off springs for as long as they live and find a companion!
- Domesticated lovebirds are usually kept in a cage, though they must not be captured and punished for a crime they didn’t commit! Although keeping them in their cage seems to be necessary, as otherwise, they would simply fly away, so a better alternative would be letting that bird out for some hours each day. If your bird has undergone a proper training procedure, then releasing it in the open won’t be harmful, as at the end of the day, it would return to you, but if it has not yet been trained then you can take him out of its cage in a closed room, in which, proper bird proofing has been done, which might include removing all the electrical equipments and even wires from that room, closing the windows, removing all the things that can make the bird escape etc.
- Lovebirds are very much similar to common parrots, and so is their diet. They are nurtured best, when fed upon a mixed variety of seeds, nuts. Occasionally, they can also be provided with fruits and vegetables cut into small pieces, so that they don’t suffer any problem in swallowing it.
- Though lovebirds are very peaceful creatures, but their nature alters when they are around some other specie of birds. In that case, they suffer from arrogance problems. They treat themselves as the most superior specie of all, which tends to make them angry ad bring out their hidden anger. These pet birds, when angry, can also bite their owner or anyone present in the house at that point of time.