Animal file: Lovebird
Lovebirds are very popular pets that are mainly rooted in Africa. There are many people who decide to adopt a lovebird either because of its colorful vividness or its cheerful and playful personality.
Are very sociable and affectionate birds, known as inseparable since they love to surround themselves with members of the same species and form a life partner.
In addition their capacities are several since the versatility in their legs makes them able to manipulate objects. That is why many people welcome baby lovebirds in their homes who can be taught and trained. Keep reading this Animal Expert article to find out how train lovebird.
The patience of training
In any case, a bird is a complex being, rather than a dog or a cat. That is why you should be clear that although training your lovebird is possible you should have much patience and always use positive reinforcement.
- If you have a papillero lovebird (that is, it is still fed with porridge), the task will be easier, because it will most likely be accustomed to you and will have no qualms about interacting with you.
Take confidence with him
Speaking with a soft voice, giving fruit and putting music are options to create an environment in which you can connect. Make him get used to seeing you as well as hearing your voice, it is essential that you start training him without your pet being afraid of you.
The screams are very harmful in this process since the birds are very sensitive animals that are easily altered to hear sudden noises. To get your attention syllable gently, he will probably answer you.
Most likely, the lovebird will not agree to interact with you the first few times. On the contrary, if every day you dedicate attention and worry about socializing it, little by little it will be more confident and relaxed with you.
Use your imagination to stimulate him with objects, music and even images he likes. Remember that they are a type of intelligent birds that stand out for their curiosity and sympathy.
Tips to train your lovebird
If your bird already knows you and is calm in your presence, you can start with the lovebird training. First, for about a week, you will start put your hand in the cage. Do it in a relaxed way and do not touch it, just leave it there and try to offer some kind of fruit or candy that you like. If you don't accept it at the beginning, don't worry, it's normal. Keep trying to interact with him but never press him.
Remember that birds are sensitive and delicate creatures, they need their time just as you would need if you were in their situation. Try to be friendly with your pet.
Has your bird eaten from your hand? Does it rise on top of your finger?
Single in these cases you can start the training. The bird must have confidence in you and that is why this is a very important step. You should know that few people have the patience and sensitivity to educate a bird, you are one of the unlucky ones.
- Get some treats or food that you like.
- Choose a closed place, a room or the living room. Close the windows to avoid crashing into them and remove sharp objects that may be harmful to it.
- Leave the cage in the same room, provided with food and water.
- Prepare to be in that room for a long period of time if necessary.
Insert your hand inside the cage and when it is placed on top of your finger let it out. Don't worry if you fly, if you have the windows covered you don't have to hurt yourself.
Leave him time to enjoy flying freely, it is very necessary, your bird will appreciate these moments when you can develop your muscles and investigate on your own. Obviously you must be present and monitor their behavior. Lovebirds tend to be somewhat destructive when they go crazy with some objects, try not to hurt yourself.
¡Don't fuck him! Try to get back to you with soft words, goodies or another technique that you use in your relationship with him. If you don't do it, don't worry, be prepared to be in the room for a while, you will return to your cage once you are hungry or thirsty.
The welfare of your lovebird
Remember that A lovebird is not a toy, treat it carefully and be patient in your training. Do not force him or be persistent, you are directly responsible for his well-being. Gradually and based on trust and affection your lovebird will learn to do various tricks or to behave as you wish outside the cage.
You must also know:
- Do not spend giving candy, if you give too much can get fat, use kissing caresses and praise as a reward.
- Do not exceed the training time, 20 minutes is enough time not to exhaust. Practice daily so that he feels happy with you.
- If you get a peck in the first steps do not remove your hand, if you do he will understand that he has a powerful weapon in his beak, use flesh-colored gloves on the next occasion.
- If he pecks you in the basic phase of training, start using the word no and return it to the cage.
- The lovebird is a sensitive animal, he detects your nervousness, so be relaxed whenever you interact with him.
- Do not yell at him or hurt him, that will only generate distrust and fear in the animal.
- It is important that you stay in your cage, do not let him spend all day out of it because in an oversight he could escape and not know how to return.
- They like to talk, you can teach him to speak by always repeating the same phrases.
To expand your information on this beautiful bird, do not hesitate to consult our complete guide to care for a lovebird.
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Because of the close bond that is created between the couple, these birds are also known as "The Inseparable." Inseparable to the point that it becomes an extremely difficult task to carry out a single lovebird. If you do not devote enough time, loneliness, boredom and sexual frustration, often make you develop compulsive behaviors, and in extreme cases can even lead to death.
- Hygiene: any remaining food in the feeder should be removed DAILY and cleaned, as well as deposited in the bottom of the cage to prevent the growth of pathogenic microorganisms for the animal (such as bacteria, fungi.).
- Lighting: Agaporni is a tropical bird accustomed to receiving large doses of sunlight. This facilitates the assimilation of vitamin D which in turn allows you to fix calcium to the bones. What happens when changing the habitat and not receiving enough light, is that your body cannot carry out this function correctly. As a consequence, with the passage of time they usually end up developing diseases such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, etc.
To avoid this, apart from having them exposed as much as possible to daylight, it is necessary to put an ultraviolet bulb that radiates them for about 3 hours a day.
- The Toxics and the Kitchen: you will say what they have to do. Well a lot. In case there is any clueless, point out that every animal should always be kept as far away as possible from any toxic source: insecticides, fertilizers, medicines, detergents. And there we have given it! Because the kitchen is the part of the house where more cleaning products are used throughout the day. They are therefore in the ENVIRONMENT. Add still all the vapors that are released when cooking, and the result is a place, the worst of the whole house where an animal can live.
- The Moisture Factor: Although the birds themselves like to take a dip from time to time, the skin of a lovebird does not provide enough moisture to avoid annoying itching and encourage the grooming enough. The objective is to recreate the environment of its tropical climate of origin as best as possible, so it is recommended to spray it twice a day with a little warm water. (Eye! Not directly, but in the form of rain so that they do not catch phobia to the sprayer).
- Food: the vast majority of owners feed their bird with the typical mixture of seeds with pipes. From time to time he gives the occasional piece of apple, lettuce. and that's it. WRONG!
The ignorance of the nutritional needs of the animal makes him feed him with inappropriate, unbalanced and deficient diets, which cause the appearance in the short, medium or long term, of alterations in the state of health of the bird. To avoid these problems, the most practical thing is to resort to compound feeds made specifically for birds of various types.
Usually, the animal accustomed to eating only seed mixtures will initially reject them. But with a LOT OF PATIENCE and, bird and owner, putting both of his part, he will end up getting used to it. And of course these compounds are the most comfortable and balanced option.
In addition to feed agaporni must be provided:
- Water: to be cleaned daily.
- Sources of Calcium (should always be available to the animal): cuttlefish, oyster shell, mineral blocks, calcium in tablets or liquid.
Feed can be supplemented with fruit - except for the avocado that is TOXIC for them - and other foods described below in an alternative option to commercial feed, the "Homemade Diet"
We must provide the animal with varied and balanced diets, fleeing from monotonous diets (only pipes for example), which are erroneously being used, and are unbalanced.
Homemade foods to choose from for the preparation of a basic diet:
- Cereals and Seeds (45 - 50% of the diet): millet, oatmeal, boiled brown rice, corn (cooked, canned), wheat, barley, hemp seeds, pipes (must not exceed 15% of the diet). Within this section you can include whole wheat bread, cookies and soaked pasta.
- Vegetables (40 - 45% of the diet): the most nutritious vegetables are dark colored such as broccoli, endives, beets, carrots (whole, chopped or boiled), spinach (fresh or frozen), Pumpkin and others such as dandelion or chickweed, collected from uncontaminated areas (avoid areas near roads or fumigated). Frozen food can also be used for human consumption (after defrosting).
- Fruits (5 - 7.5% of the diet): any seasonal fruit and citrus fruits, avoiding the avocado that I insist, for them it is TOXIC (especially the seed). Grapes, strawberries, apples, melon, cherries are especially appetizing.
- Legumes and other sources of protein (5 - 7.5% of the diet): beans, lentils, peas, chickpeas (soaked or cooked), peanuts (do not abuse because of their high fat content), dog food, French omelette without salt, cooked egg.
- Grit: it is a kind of sand or pebbles that the bird uses to digest unpeeled seeds. Its use is much discussed: it can be useful on certain occasions but there is always the risk of obstructive gastritis.
Although some indications have been given here on how to care for a lovebird, and some such as those referring to Hygiene, or Toxics, are applicable to the care of any bird, the above should not be used as a care guide for any type of bird:
Every owner should be well informed about the nutritional needs, origin, customs, degree of protection of the species, etc. of your animal Well, although it may seem unimportant, it does, and much.
I put the parakeet, for example, from the dry areas of Africa: for example: if the humidity conditions required by our lovebird are provided, the safest thing is that it will eventually develop a more or less serious dermatological problem.
So if you have an animal - bird, reptile, mammal, fish or amphibian - inform you the more the better, to be able to provide you with the best living conditions and avoid exposing you to unnecessary risks and sufferings.
It belongs to the family of psittacids, which includes parrots, macaws, parrots, parrots, parakeets, lovebirds and related forms. They are distributed throughout the southern hemisphere of the planet, occupying many different habitats, from the humid rainforests to the deserts of the interior of Australia, including India, Southeast Asia and West Africa. However, the largest populations are native to Australasia, South and Central America. Back to text
To simulate the intensity of the sun's rays from tropical climates, a 5w ultraviolet bulb is recommended.
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The humidity in this type of climate is an average of 80%. Back to text
What the bird eats ALWAYS depends on the owner. This should ensure that the bird eats daily enough to cover the metabolic rate.
Tips: When we intend to establish a new diet for our bird, always do it gradually, DO NOT mix new foods with others to which the animal is already accustomed, so that it cannot select only the usual ones. Finally, when a diet change is made it is convenient to keep an animal weight control, to detect possible losses of the same. Back to text
Keep in mind that the percentages indicated are always indicative. What the bird eats ALWAYS depends on the owner. This should ensure that the bird eats daily enough to cover the metabolic rate. Back to text
🐤 Scientific name
The scientific name or latino del Fisher inseparable is Agapornis fischeri, and it is one of the species that is part of the Psitácidos family (Psittacidae). It was first discovered in 1800 and owes its name to the German explorer Gustav Fischer.
🐦 Fischer inseparable features
Fischer's inseparable is one of the smallest lovebirds, since measures between 14 and 15 centimeters long (about 6 inches). His weight It can range between 44 and 59 grams. Dont show sexual dimorphism, so the male hardly distinguishes himself from the female by his plumage.
Both sexes have the same coloration. Females are often somewhat larger than males, but this is not always the case. An enthusiastic expert can see the difference between the bones of the pelvis, which are more separated in the case of females of the species.
Some authors argue that in the female the beards of the inner sentences are pure black, while in the male they are more gray. The outer beards are wider and greener in the male.
The anterior part of the body of the two birds shines in color. its chest, its back and the wings are green. The neck It is golden yellow and as we climb towards the head it turns dark orange. The peak It is bright red and the upper or upper part of the head It is olive green.
The top of your tail has various feathers violet or blue The eyes They are black and have an eye ring (circle of bare white skin) around them. Young birds are very similar to adults, except that at the base of the beak it usually shows small brown spots.
How many species of lovebird are there? The lovebirds lovebird
You will have heard of the lovebirds lovebird. If you have searched for information, you will have realized that it is not a species in itself. This is the common name for lovebirds that separate from parents when they are young and are raised on the basis of porridge.
When is the lovebird agapornis removed from the nest? The ideal is at 20 days to hatch (leave the egg). If at 20 days they are very small and delicate - they do not even stand - imagine removing them from the nest before that time. However, if it takes much longer, it may not adapt to your care. It is important to respect the “schedule” of papillero lovebirds for their well-being and health.
And the lovebirds not papilleros? They are called wild lovebirds. Eye, that does not mean that they will attack you, but that they have raised ‘alone’, so to speak. Come on, with your parents. Any species of agaporni can be wild or papillero, depending on how you raise it.
There are 9 species and 6 sub species, 15 in total. I'm going to focus on the main species so you can see the biggest differences. Keep in mind that the most common and easy to find are the Fischeri, Personatus and Roseicollis - the first three on the list.
This species was discovered in 1887 by Dr. Fischer, in the classification his discoverer was honored. This lovebird is originally from Tanzania (south-east of Africa), they found it near Lake Victoria. In nature it is not usual to see it mixed with other species, although they are all the same kind of bird.
It is one of the most common species because it is relatively easy to care for and have them breed. As outstanding physical characteristics (know the anatomy and morphology of a Fisher lovebird) is the color of the beak, deep red, and the feathers of the mask (which would be the face of the bird, starting from the beak backwards), are orange red. The color of the feathers gradually changes until it turns green, passing through a beautiful yellow almost gold. Is beautiful. It measures about 15 centimeters, almost looks like a toy but you have to remember that it is a living being.
This bird was discovered at the same time and by the same person as the A. Fischeri. The personatus are in their natural state just 60 kilometers from the aforementioned species, in fact they are neighbors, however they do not dare to mix. You can already see that, although with the first species that I mention you are easy to make flock, it is not advisable to mix them with each other.
These lovebirds are characterized by having black or gray very very dark head feathers, but the beak is still red. The neck area is yellow and the rest of the body is bright green. The eyes stand out for the white ring that surrounds them. In this species there are some mutations in which the color varies. One that is especially striking is A. Blue Personatus, which changes yellow to white (or grayish white) and green to blue. Until you are a lovebird expert, better focus on pure species, such as training.
Of all the lovebirds, roseicollis are the most widespread like a pet. More even than Fischeri and Personatus. Perhaps because of the vividness of its colors, or the favorable breeding conditions. Or maybe for both. When you go to buy one, it is almost certainly the species they offer you, especially if you have never raised birds of this type.
These are a bigger tad, they are 16 centimeters long, and with respect to the colors, they are practically green except the tail feathers, which have some blue. There are Two main varieties: one has the most intense red mask, and the other one lighter, pulling pink. For the rest, they are practically the same. The white ring around the eye is thinner than in most species that have it.
Although if we start talking about mutations, there are many. Almost all the colors you can imagine. Cinnamon, orange, turquoise, violet ... very striking colors for a bird, don't you think? I confess that I would like to have a pair of turquoise lovebird.
With the Canus I start talking to you about the less known species. Or rather the less widespread species among ‘amateurs’. In agapornis breeders you can find them, but it is more difficult to take care of them at home.
This species originates from the island of Madagascar, the smallest with only 14 centimeters. It is one of the four varieties of agaporni that there is a clear difference between male and female in the color of the feathers. The male has the head, neck and bib, or chest, gray, while the female is practically green. There is a sub-species in which the two specimens are darker, and the male has a slight violet coloration in the gray feathers.
If you chose this species, keep in mind that they are very sensitive to stress birds, especially the Canus. Besides that it will be difficult to find, you have to be very patient to get it projected. You know what they say, patience and a cane.
This is the biggest of the lovebirds, 17 centimeters long. It is a very resistant bird due to its mountainous origin (the Taranta mountain range, from Ethiopia) at about 1300 meters of altitude. In this species the male and female are also differentiated by the color of the feathers, although they are more subtle differences. As the differences are minimal, if you are going to buy a couple do it when they already have their definitive feathers. As this species begins to be fertile at two years there is no reason to hurry. Otherwise you could buy two males or two females ... the invention was annoyed!
The Nigrigenis, on the other hand, is the smallest, with 13.5 centimeters in length. The colors of the feathers combine the color with different shades of green, and a salmon-orange spot on the front. It also has white rings in the eyes, which make them more alive and jumping.
This species of lovebird is considered endangered, and the laws of several countries regulate its breeding and prohibit the capture of this bird in freedom since 1998, especially in Zambia - its country of origin. The Netherlands and Belgium have built a large reserve of Nigrigenis, and Germany has developed captive breeding programs for Nigrigenis and Lilianae, another species that threatens to disappear.
This is the other semi-protected species. Although not as advanced as nigrigenis, it is also in protection and breeding programs, such as the one that told you about Germany. It is very difficult to find them in captivity, let alone for sale.
For me, these are the prettiest. More than red, they are orange in the beak, the mask and the head, following with a bright yellow and green body. It is crowned by the white ring that surrounds the eye ... it is simply a bird wonder. They are also smaller (only 13 cm) and thinner, so they seem more agile and curious than other lovebirds.
If you can find it, it is the species that I recommend. They adapt immediately to the human presence, it is easy to become friends. The coexistence is pleasant and the care that this lovebird needs is accustomed to any other variety.
The pullarius is a lovebird very difficult to breed. It is very beautiful, with many shades of colors in which green continues to predominate. It measures 15 cm, and the beak is orange. The male and female have a different appearance that helps distinguish them.
The customs of this species are at least curious, very different from other lovebirds. Instead of building a nest, they live in termiteros. With the face of few friends who have termites! They tend to attack any intruder who messes with them, but incredibly they behave differently with our winged little friends. The advantage for the female is that she can lay her eggs in the termite mound and be absent for long periods of time, since by the constitution and the material of which she is made its "nest" retains heat and keeps the chicks alive.
Known this relationship pullarius-termites, it is easy to understand the difficulty of making the pullarius breed in captivity. It is really complicated, most die shortly after birth in conditions other than natural or within a few days of being imported. And when I say the majority I mean 95%. Better get another species, you will do the animal a favor.
This species is impossible to achieve, since it has never been imported to Europe. There are 3 sub-species: one from Liberia, another from Congo, and the last from Uganda. It is one of the smallest, 13 cm, and it is very difficult to extract since it lives in the deepest part of the rainforest. It is also difficult to imitate their natural diet in an environment as different as Europe, so you will have to settle for a Fischeri or a Roseicolli.
You want to have one? Lovebirds care and accommodation
What do you feel like having one? Well, better have two or more lovebirds together. If not, give it a lot of attention. It is not a companion animal, It is an animal that needs company. Do you notice the difference? You have to be willing to take care of them when you buy them.
If you have it since you are little, 20 days after breaking the shell, you should have a period of 30 or 40 days available almost 100% for the bird. The first weeks are very important, since they need you to keep them warm and feed them 5 times a day. As the lovebird care they are reduced, but until they are grown and eat alone you will have to be very attentive.
If you want them to pet with a cage it is enough. But if you want them to breed you have to accommodate them correctly. The most common is an aviary. The bigger the better: avoid feeling uncomfortable. If they lack space they could attack each other, and it would be a shame. Nor should you gather several species, they don't usually like them and cause problems. Maybe, you may be interested in the coexistence between papilleros and wild lovebirds.
An important aspect of lovebird care is the number of nests. If you have 5 couples, put at least 7 nests, do not force them to pair. They will do it alone. It is better than one so that, if there are two ‘singles’ they have nowhere to sleep and not be stressed.
The stress It is another essential factor. Lovebirds are birds that need a lot of tranquility and patience. Abrupt changes or stressful situations can cause emotional disturbances and cause illness, including death. It is important to be clear about lovebird care Before buying them to make sure they will be in good condition. But what happens if the bird gets sick?
The typical diseases of a lovebird
Agapornis are usually quite delicate birds. You have to be very careful not to get sick, and watch their appearance. When you buy a new one, before joining it with the rest, leave it in quarantine for a few days to observe its behavior. Pay attention so you don't get depressed, and don't confuse a sick animal with one that feels lonely.
If you see the animal decayed, hunched over or with its feathers bristling, it is a sign that something is happening. What you must do is remove the sick bird from the flock so that it does not infect the rest and call the veterinarian immediately. It is not worth it to play with the health of the bird and venture to give it anything. Better leave it to an expert.
Something common in lovebirds is the so-called beak and feather disease, intestinal and urinary infections. The problem is usually in the diet, especially if the problem is recurring.
You should also be careful not to get yourself. There are fungi, viruses and bacteria that can pass from animals to people. It is not for you to be scared, but if one of the birds is sick, be more careful than usual.
If you keep the cage clean, disinfected and in good condition and take care of the health of the birds you can enjoy your lovebirds for about 12 years, which is the average life expectancy.
Quote that through the following link you can know about your possible diseases.
The lovebirds feeding
Lovebird feeding is essential to keep them in good health and have energy to play, sing and flutter. These birds, when they are free, eat all kinds of seeds, fruits, berries, insects and flowers.
So it is best to maintain a varied and balanced diet. In the market there are all kinds of feed and seeds with a suitable composition, there are even special feed for lovebird.
Water is also very important. Lovebirds love to dive into the water, so be careful that it stays clean. A good habit is to put a bowl of water for them to play for a while in the morning and then leave the drinking fountain clean. They easily get used to schedules.
If you are going to raise them by hand (with porridge), as they grow, you must give them millet on branch, so that they get used to a lovebird feeding balanced It will give them the vitamins they need.
Breeding and reproduction
The main thing is to buy couples who are not related. If they were descendants or brothers, the couple would no longer give good offspring. A moderate amount to start with is enough, especially to control the kinship of the birds they raise.
A good method is to ring them (discover how to ring a lovebird) and write down in some safe place what lovebirds are the parents of which you raise, to match them correctly again. They are usually faithful to their partner for life, but you have to take into account the new offspring.
If you are interested in raising good quality birds (know if an egg is fertilized or not), you must select very well the future parents taking into account their ancestors. Birds that come from aviaries with good birds are usually good parents. When you buy a lovebird with a view to breeding, ask for "the family."
And when fixing the cage or the nest (learn how to make a nest), make it comfortable. Leave fresh sprigs of plants at hand for the female that you would find in their natural habitat to fix the nest to your liking. This will make it easier for them to breed.
The lovebird world is very beautiful when you know how to take good care of them. They are animals that need attention, but they are very grateful. And they learn fast when you teach them. If you want to have a couple of lovebird I encourage you to investigate a little more and thus have it in good condition.
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