Do you like to keep pets at home. Here bird pet named lovebirds are great to keep at home but do you know facts about lovebirds which are very much unique.
1.There Are Nine Lovebird Subspecies
Although you’ll often hear lovebirds referred to as a singular group, or by the casual moniker “pocket pet,” there are actually nine lovebird subspecies. All lovebirds — with the exception of the lovebird native to the island of Madagascar—originated in Africa. Of the nine subspecies of lovebirds, only three are considered good candidates for pet life because of their charming temperaments: Fischer’s lovebird, peach-faced lovebird and black-masked lovebird. These three subspecies, like all lovebirds, are diminutive in size. They range from 5 to 6.5 inches (12.7 to 15.2 centimeters), considerably smaller than other parrot species that can measure up to 40 inches (100 centimeters).
2.Lovebirds mate for life.
The monogamous birds reach sexual maturity when they’re about ten months old. Mating begins with courtship behavior, and can continue throughout their roughly 15-year lifespans. Monogamy is essential to the social stability of flocks and underlies much of their social behavior.
3.They are active beings:Lovebirds, like their wild compadres, rise at first light to eat, drink and commence with a noisy concerto. They will usually settle down by midmorning, then resume their noise-making by late afternoon. At least once a day, these active birds should be let free from their cages (in a secure room without open windows, of course) and allowed to explore their environment. Both inside and outside of their cages, lovebirds will need a rotating array of toys for stimulation.
4.Different lovebirds build their nests differently:Fisher’s lovebirds (Agapornis fischeri) carry single strips of tree bark in their beaks. Peach-faced lovebirds (Agapornis roseicollis), on the other hand, hide bark in their feathers. Scientists believe that the latter’s more complex behavior is an ancestral trait, and have used this facet of lovebird nest-building as an example of the intersection of evolved and learned behavior.
5. Lovebirds Sometimes Can Be Potty Trained
Lovebirds are intelligent and motivated by affection, which makes them ideal learners that can — in some cases — be trained to relieve themselves on command.
6. Lovebirds Like Being Tucked in at Bedtime
Lovebirds, like most of us, benefit from a relaxing bedtime routine. Offering a lovebird a tiny tent or a covered “bed” to sleep in will make them feel at home. In the wild, lovebirds get their rest in trees and cacti with cozy holes that they enter when it’s time to catch some shut-eye.
Many lovebird keepers have a separate nighttime cage and move the lovebird to that location when it is time to sleep.
7.Some lovebirds are androgynous.
In three species of lovebirds, the males and females have defining characteristics that allow you to tell them apart. For example, among Black-winged lovebirds (Agapornis taranta), males have a crown of red feathers, while females have entirely green plumage. But other species don’t have the same degree of sexual dimorphism, making it difficult to determine their sex just from looking at them. In some species, males may be slightly larger than females, but a DNA test is necessary to provide conclusive results.
8.Lovebirds can carry zoonotic diseases that infect humans.
Some studies suggest that lovebirds can carry yeast bacteria (Cryptococcus neoformans) capable of infecting humans, but they only pick up the bacterial spores if they come into contact with pigeon feces. Other reports find evidence of a parasite called Encephalitozoon hellem in Fishers, peach-faced, and masked lovebirds. The researchers hypothesize that the parasites can spread to humans with compromised immune systems, such as AIDS patients.