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 General Information About the Love Bird

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PostSubject: General Information About the Love Bird   Wed Jul 08, 2009 6:32 am



Lovebirds are small, stocky versions of parrots, with a large hooked upper beak . The most common lovebird species in the United States (and maybe worldwide) is the charming Peach-faced Lovebird - which have been bred in an array of beautiful color mutations. The striking-looking black-masked lovebirds are also widely available.

PeachesTheir voice apparatus allows a wide range of articulations, including the imitation of the human voice. Although they are not known to be great talkers; and most never learn to talk at all.

Eight of the nine lovebird species come from Africa, the remaining one from Madagascar.

Lovebirds make lively and energetic pet birds. They are available in a variety of colors and are playful and often boisterous birds. African Love Birds require an owner who is willing to provide the care and attention this animated bird adores. Birds that do not receive this attention become prone to behavioral problems, including feather picking.

Description

Lovebirds are about 5 - 7.5 inches (13 - 19 cm) in length; and average 1.5 to 2.5 oz ( 40 - 70 grams) in weight, which puts them among the smallest parrots in the world.

* Note: Bird weight is an important indicator of good health or health problems (please click here for diseases associated with weight gain or weight loss). Monitoring your pet's weight regularly, establishing a healthy base weight and keeping an eye on changes are recommended as part of their general care regiment. Your vet should be alerted to any weight deviations that are not in line with natural weight fluctuations.

They are characterized by a small, stocky build and a short, blunt tail. The beak is rather large for their overall size.

Many lovebirds are green, although color mutations can feature many different colors. Some lovebird species, like the Black-masked Lovebirds, Fischer's, black cheeked, and the yellow-collared lovebird, have a white ring around the eye.

Lifespan is 10 to 15 years.

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