Psittacidae is the family name of the Lovebirds, and their tribe is called Psittaculini, with an Agapornis genus. Currently, there are nine species of Love Birds who mainly come from Africa.
If you recall the movie, “The Birds,” Lovebirds were utilized to either throw off the viewer that they had something to do with the bird attacks, or perhaps they represented good versus the evil surrounding this particular town. In any case, whether you own lovebirds or not, they are well-loved by anyone who is an aviculturist by nature.
Their characteristics include an inquisitiveness and playful demeanor, and make wonderful pets especially from infancy. Typically, they are about five inches in length, with a short, thick body. Gain your lovebirds love and trust in several simple steps found in our training methods.
Out of the nine species which include: the Madagascar Lovebird, the Red-Faced Lovebird, the Abyssinian Lovebird, the Swindern’s Lovebird, the Peachfaced Lovebird, the Nyasa Lovebird, the Black-Checked Lovebird, the Fischer’s Lovebird, and the Masked Lovebird; only three are kept as pets. They are: The Peachfaced lovebird, The Fischer’s Lovebird, and the Masked Lovebird.
In general, however, Lovebirds are easy to maintain as long as you are attentive to their needs. Remember, too, Lovebirds are simply small parrots and as such they have the same intelligence and abilities of larger parrots. They have also been known to mimic sounds and words.
Aviculturists will also tell you that Lovebirds should not be cross-bred. This may result in the inability of their offspring to become fertile.
Also, tainting the gene pool is not acceptable, and most breeders who “love” these birds will do all they can to keep pure blood lines intact. Another reason is that these species can no longer be imported. One of the important aspects when considering purchasing any type of parrot is expectations that do not quite pan out.
Unfortunately, since the life span of the Love Bird is only 15 years, it is crucial that any potential owner make a responsible decision to acquire a Lovebird based on his or her ability to care and offer a great deal of attention to these lovely creatures.
Lovebirds, like all companion birds, can be trained to live companionably amongst their family. There is one thing that is certain; owners of Lovebirds not only love them, but are offered unconditional love in return. For information on training your lovebird sign up for our free newsletter.