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Training Lovebirds

The Lovebird is a popular type of small parrot. As the name suggests, they have great potential to become affectionate and loyal pets. But proper training and frequent interaction are required of this type of bird.

Lovebirds get their name from their sweet personalities, and from their tendency to dote on their mates. Wild Lovebirds can often be found preening and grooming their significant others. Pairs also sit and sleep very close together.

Lovebird Habitat and Characteristics

There are nine different species of Lovebirds. Eight of these can be found in the wild in Africa. The Madagascar Lovebird is the only one that is not native to Africa, and as its name suggests, it can be found in Madagascar.

Lovebirds come in a variety of colors. The various species all have unique characteristics, and there are mutations within most species as well. The popular Peach-Faced Lovebird usually has a peach colored face, green body, and blue hindquarters. But they can also be found in numerous other color combinations, and some do not even have peach faces.

The Fischers and Masked Lovebirds are the only species besides the Peach-Faced that are commonly kept as pets. They also come in a variety of color combinations. The biggest difference between these two species and the Peach-Faced Lovebird is the eye ring they both have.

Lovebirds are smaller than many parrot breeds, usually measuring 6 inches in length when fully grown. These birds are great for people who have limited space. They do, however, need a cage that gives them adequate room to play and explore.

The Lovebirds Personality

Its true that Lovebirds are characteristically sweet and loyal. But they thrive on interaction, whether it is with other birds or humans. If they do not get enough interaction, they can become rather temperamental.

It is a common misconception that Lovebirds must be kept in pairs. While they will enjoy one another's company, they may enjoy it too well. Mature pairs will often shun human interaction in favor of their mates. So if you are looking for a close relationship with your pet, the best thing to do is get one Lovebird and give it lots of attention.

Lovebirds are intelligent, and they are great at learning tricks. They can also be trained to whistle. Speech is not their strongest point, though some birds can learn to talk if they are trained while young. It doesn't hurt to try to train a Lovebird to talk, but don't get your hopes up too high. These birds actions speak louder than words anyway.

Lovebirds can be somewhat noisy, and some of them like to nip. Training Lovebirds with praise and treats for good behavior, can eliminate these behaviors. A well-trained Love Bird makes a great companion, and will happily reciprocate your love and attention.

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Author: Dave Womach

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