Picking a Lovebird
Eight of this species are natives of African continent. This are the Peach-faced Lovebird or Rosy-faced Lovebird that has two subspecies, Masked Lovebird or the Yellow-collared Lovebird, Fischer’s Lovebird, Lilian’s Lovebird, Black-cheeked Lovebird, the Abyssinian Lovebird also known as Black-winged Lovebird, Red-faced or the red-headed Lovebird has also two subspecies, Black-collared Lovebird that has three subspecies, and the Grey-headed Lovebird has two subspecies, that is a native to Madagascar, also known as Madagascar lovebird. It would not be hard picking a Lovebird among these selections.
Lovebirds vary in size, and the smallest parrots in the world. They have a stocky build, short blunt tail, and an unusual large beak for their petite bodies. They are mostly green with varying colors of their heads depending on their species. Some of their species are known to have a prominent white-ringed-eye, among of them are the Fischer’s Lovebird, Black-cheeked Lovebird and the Masked Lovebird. Their are also species that are sexually dimorphic, they are the Abyssinian Lovebird, Madagascar Lovebird an the Red-faced Lovebird. It has been popular in the aviculture the many varying mutant colors that have been produced by selective breeding. This only proves that you have a wide range in selecting a Lovebird. But you should make sure that the Lovebird you picked is breed in captivity.
In picking a Lovebird, you must bear in mind the possible implications it might bring in breeding different species of Lovebirds, because there are certain possibilities that they fight and might end up killing each other as some instances happened in the history of keeping Lovebirds. Due to their different appearances, they sometimes mistook other species of Lovebirds as an adversary. Always thinking that another male specie is a rival to a possible partner.
Also you have to put in your list of qualifications in selecting a Lovebirds is their diet and health. They eat fruits except avocados which are poisonous to them, vegetables that are preferably cooked, nuts, grains, edible blossoms and flowers, cereals, sprouts and pellets that are formulated for them is a good addition.
Picking cages is also should be one of the things you have in mind in picking a Lovebird, cages should be with appropriate size, it should be spacious for Lovebirds love to fly, aside from flying, Lovebirds also like to chew things, that they are like trash producers, so before selecting a Lovebird, you have to make sure you have a pretty long patience, that could tolerate anger amongst the lovable Lovebirds. Before picking a Lovebird make sure that you have the patience, you have the time, and you have the space. If you don’t have the space, you shouldn’t take on keeping a Lovebird for they need plenty of space and have the freedom to fly.
Lovebirds need constant interaction. They need to have a lot of toys – this is one of the things you should write in your picking a Lovebird’s list. Without these diversions they might be bored and stressed and might lead to a childlike tantrum that’s hard to treat.