For years, lovebirds have been a popular choice for first-time pet owners because they’re charming and easy to care for. Yet despite their popularity, there are some things that most people don’t know about these adorable pets, such as these 10 things:
They Will Mate for Life
Have you ever wondered why some couples are called “lovebirds”? That’s because they date exclusively. Once lovebirds become around ten months old, they reach sexual maturity and begin courting potential partners. As soon as they’ve found “the one,” they’ll stay together for the rest of their lives.
They Like to Feed Each Other
Whenever lovebirds separate for a long time (or if one partner is stressed out), they have their own version of a lunch or dinner date. Once reunited, they’ll feed each other, with one partner transferring food to its partner’s mouth. Seems like there’s nothing a little food and love can’t fix, even in the animal world!
They Can’t Stand Being Away from Their Mate
These birds love their partners so much that they exhibit erratic behavior if they’re separated from each other. Said behavior has been likened to symptoms of depression in humans. Some of these birds unfortunately pass away due to suffering from “Heartbreak Syndrome.”
They Are Native to Africa
Did you know that ancient lovebird fossils were found in South Africa? It seems like this species has been around for quite some time now, as the fossils are nearly 2 million years old. Additional evidence also suggests that they originally came from Madagascar and Sub-Saharan Africa.
There Are Many Species of Lovebirds
While only three species of lovebirds are usually kept as pets, there are nine species in total, all of which come from the genus Agapornis. They’re also closely related to Asia’s hanging parrots. In general, a majority of lovebirds have a green body and a few different head feather color variations.
Some of Them Are Androgynous
It’s easy to tell what gender a lovebird is, if you know what to look for. In certain species, for instance, male birds have red plumage while female birds have a green crown of feathers. However, some lovebird species are actually androgynous, so it’s hard to tell the difference based on size or color. There have been actually cases of owners getting the genders of their lovebirds wrong, only discovering that one lovebird is female after it laid an egg!
They Like to Nest in Holes
These birds like to nest in the hollows of trees. A certain species even nests in cacti! While some species prefer to nest in groups, others like to work on their new homes in pairs. For first-time lovebird owners, providing a small and cozy place to sleep is a must.
They Build Their Nests Differently (Depending on Species)
No two species build their nests the same way. For example, peach-faced lovebirds (Agapornis roseicollis) like to hide bark in their feathers. On the other hand, fisher’s lovebirds (Agapornis fischeri) will use their beaks to carry tree bark strips.
They’re Really Smart and Playful
If you’re going to adopt some lovebirds, you’ll need to keep up with their high energy levels. They’re known for being extremely playful, whether they’re in a cage or free to roam your room. In particular, they love to jump around, hang upside down, play with toys, and solve puzzles.
They Can Be Really Mean if They Want to Be
They may be cute, but that doesn’t mean they’re always friendly. Lovebirds are extremely territorial, especially when it comes to other bird species. There have been anecdotes of lovebirds shooing away their own babies away; these can escalate into full-on pecking and biting. They can also get jealous of other birds during the mating season.
As you can see, there’s more to these lovebirds than just their mating habits. So if you want to bring a little fun into your life, why not adopt a pair of cute lovebirds? They’re incredibly playful, so you’ll never be bored as long as they’re around. At the same time, they’re relatively easy to take care of with the right amount of preparation. We hope the facts in this article have given you a better appreciation of these pint-sized bundles of joy.