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Sunday, February 13, 2011

What are Lovebirds?

Peach-faced Lovebirds (also known as the Rosy-...Image via Wikipedia
Rosy-faced Lovebird eating from a
seed-block in Scottsdale, Arizona
There are nine species of small and stocky parrots called Lovebirds. Eight are native to Africa and one species lives in Madagascar. But you may also recognize them as one of the most popular pet birds. These brilliantly colored small parrots are very sociable and will try to mimic the noises of the humans.

A feral Peach-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseic...Image via Wikipedia
A feral Rosy-faced Lovebird
eating seeds in Chicago
 The first Lovebird to be described in detail was the Rosy-faced Lovebird in the early 1600s. Soon after the birds were imported into Europe and “Lovebirds” became very popular as wedding gifts because of their loving ways and their passion to groom each other. Their habit of sitting beside another and cuddling led the ancient Greeks to believe the birds would die if they lost their mates.

Wild Birds Unlimited is a backyard bird feeding store. We don’t sell birds but that was a good question especially so close to Valentine’s Day. And if you live in Arizona you may actually see some of these birds visit your backyard feeders. Lovebirds have escaped from captivity in many parts of the world and there is a large feral population that dwells in Arizona.

Source: Lovebird by Wikipedia
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A Color Specialist in Charlotte said...

I used to have a love bird now I have a Quaker parrot. Love them all.

Carol Abood said...

I have had lovebirds since 1990. They are lovable, easy to breed, easy to hand feed and make excellent, amusing pets. I find on average they last 12 - 18 years with good care, and decent seed and fruits offered. They are comical to watch and love to live in pairs, but I have occasionally had just one and they have done just fine. They do not live well in cages with other birds, and they do live well in a large cage with more than just themselves.