Apr 30 2015

April 2015′s Animal Of The Month – Lovebirds

It’s the last day of April which means today is last day in the spotlight for our Animal of the Month – the lovebird.  We hope you enjoyed our tweets on these cheerful birds @ExoticPetVets. We are summarizing our tweets here in case you missed any during the month. Did you know?:

  • There are nine species of lovebirds. Eight of the nine lovebird species are native to mainland Africa.
  • The grey-headed or Madagascar lovebird is native to Madagascar.
  • The peach-faced lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis) is most commonly kept as a pet. It’s also the largest lovebird species.
  • Other common lovebird species kept as pets are the black-masked, blue-masked and Fischer’s lovebirds.
  • Lovebirds are cheerful and sassy birds who love to play and hide under paper, in pockets and on shoulders under long hair.
  • Lovebirds love to chew and in captivity should be given paper, non-toxic fresh branches and bird-safe toys to play with.
  • Lovebirds are monogamous and mate for life. They’ve been known to pine for mates who die or are separated from the flock.
  • Both in the wild and in captivity, lovebirds are generally very social.
  • Despite their name, lovebirds can be very territorial and aggressive with each other and with other bird species.
  • Lovebirds don’t necessarily need to be kept in pairs in captivity.
  • A single lovebird can make a great family pet, but needs proper attention to make up for the lack of a companion lovebird.
  • Lovebirds are small stout parrots with short blunt tails. They’re among the smallest of all parrot species.
  • Lovebirds are generally not good at mimicking human speech or sounds as some other parrot species.
  • Lovebirds love to chatter and have a high-pitched chirp. They may chirp back and forth with you if you can mimic their sound.
  • Lovebirds have been around a long time. Ancient lovebird fossils aged around 1.9 million years were found in South Africa.

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