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Animal Spotlight: Lovebirds

Lovebirds are small parrots that are known for their social and affectionate nature. Lovebirds are mostly green with peach heads and chests and bluish tails (although colors can vary, see video). Native to Africa, lovebirds get their name due to their monogamous pair bonding and constant displays of affection such as grooming and feeding each other.

In the wild love birds live in trees, just like this Quaker parrot.
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The average lifespan of lovebirds is 10-15 years. In the wild lovebirds live in small flocks. They eat fruit, vegetables and seed. They generally range in size from 5-6 inches high and weigh 40-60 grams. Lovebirds build nests together in trees and lay approximately 4-6 eggs per each nesting. It can take up to 23 days for the eggs to hatch. Male and female lovebirds look alike thus, anyone who has a lovebird as a pet and wants to know its gender should consider having its DNA tested.

Lovebirds, when treated correctly, make excellent pets and so they are frequently bred in captivity. They require a large enough cage to move around in and lots of toys to keep them occupied. Like most other parrots, lovebirds are intelligent and curious and need toys and activities to simulate their minds. Lovebirds can be loud and messy and, when they feel stressed, they can pluck their own feathers. Hence, before getting a lovebird a person must know how to adequately take care of it. Paying attention to these birds is an absolute necessity and they tend to do better when they have a friend. Therefore, if you are thinking about buying a lovebird seriously consider purchasing two at the same time.

Adopting a pet is a task that should always be done only after careful consideration and planning. However, if you know that lovebirds are right for you then this time of year is an especially suitable season to bring these delightful little creatures into your life!