Bird Spotlight: Peach-Faced Lovebirds

by Bea | December 26th, 2013 | Birds, Spotlight

lovebirdPeach-faced lovebirds are beautiful, playful, and active. They can thrive as pets, as long as you take good care of them!

Peach-faced lovebirds are only about seven inches small, so they can be kept in a household cage. At a minimum, you should have a non-round cage that is at least two feet wide by two feet long. If you can get a bigger cage, do it! The bars should not be any more than 1/2 to 5/8 inches apart. Your cage should have plenty of perches for your bird to jump around on and enjoy exploring.

Just because they are small does not mean that they have a small personality! In fact, these little guys have pretty big personalities and love interacting with their owners and toys. Because lovebirds are aggressive chewers, you should have some chewing toys in the cage. These toys should not be easily destroyed or come apart in small parts. For example, be aware of clips, loose strings, and more in your cage that could be eaten by your lovebird. If you don’t want to spend too much money on toys, you could use cardboard tubes or other pieces of cardboard to keep your bird occupied.

This bird does not like to sit still, unless they are sleeping, eating, or drinking. When it comes to playing, the peach-faced lovebird is all fun and games. This bird loves to go after anything it can, even if it’s bigger than itself. They love to turn activities into games and are very curious birds. The peach-faced lovebird is also a great cuddler!

There’s sometimes a misconception that the peach-faced lovebird needs a second peach-faced lovebird as a cage friend. Actually, if you have the time and ability to give your bird love and attention, then your bird will thrive on your energy. On the other hand, if you give your peach-faced lovebird another peach-faced lovebird as a friend, then they might become so bonded with each other that they will not want to play with you! As long as you give your bird some social interaction, it will be happy, but if you cannot provide that attention, then you might want to get your bird a friend.

In terms of vocalizations and speech, this parrot is not as loud as other parrots, but it can produce a loud, high-pitched screech if it is looking for your attention. Peach-faced lovebirds like to chatter, but they will only mimic a few of your phrases.

When picking out your peach-faced lovebird, you should try to get a hand-raised baby. Hand-raised babies make the best pets because they have been handled more when they were younger and are therefore easier to tame. If you get an older lovebird, then you might want to find one that was hand raised, handled regularly, or has had training.

The peach-faced lovebird can live to be 20 years old, so be prepared to make a long-lasting friend with this bird!

Bonus fact: A peach-faced lovebird’s beak color can help to determine the age of your parrot! Adults will have red, orange, light gray, or horn-colored beaks while younger birds will have black-marked beaks.

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