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These lovely birds originate from Africa, and have a life expectancy of approximately 10-20 years depending on their diet and environment. Blessed with beautiful colourful plumage, they are not overly vocal birds, however they are adorable as they enjoy playing games and learning tricks. If you do want to attempt to teach a few words to your bird, you will need to choose one or two, three syllable phrases, you could try ‘good birdie’ or ‘hello’. Constant enthusiastic repetition will be required from a young age.
Wonderful things come in small packages, petite in size yet big in personality. They have quite an active personality, and have a tendency to enjoy weaving their nesting materials in their cage. Having a great range of toys, ladders and perches will help your new bird have fun, keep him busy, and avoid boredom. After a lot of time spent during their day entertaining themselves your sweet Peach-faced lovebird will enjoying snuggling with you.
When having play time out of the cage, you should supervise at all times, they are fantastically fast flyers, and are easily hidden among furniture and fabrics.
Luckily your new lovebird likes to learn, as they are known to be territorial and sometimes nippy. With daily handling and positive reinforcement, the peach-faced love bird will be on his very best behaviour.
Placing his cage in the family room can help with socialisation and strengthen their bond with those who live in the home. Be careful not to locate his cage in the high traffic area though, as he will still need to feel secure, if possible choose a corner, so two sides of the cage are protected. Keep the cage out of drafts, direct sunlight and far away from the kitchen. Houdini’s by nature, you will need a large bird cage with good closures and bars that are not too far spaced apart, to prevent unwanted wanderings and injury while allowing them the room to explore and play with their naturally curious nature.
It is important to provide a varied diet, not only seed, but pellets, fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains. When serving fruit and vegetables cut up into small pieces and remove it from the cage after no longer than two hours. To introduce calcium into the diet you can try serving up a cuttlebone, mineral block or crushed calcium tablets in his food.
Recommended Fresh Food:
Fruits high in Vitamin A – rockmelon, strawberries, kiwi
Vegetables high in Vitamin A – broccoli, beets, carrots
Fresh Water – Chlorine free and changed twice daily
For supervised bathing, provide a shallow bowl of fresh water and allow your bird to flap around to clean himself, once he is finished remove the bowl. Alternatively you can mist your bird 2-3 times per week. Remember to always avoid placing your bird anywhere near a draft.
For grooming matters you can talk to your local Just For Pets store where they can trim your birds nails and flight feathers.
Nesting boxes for hens is highly important and favoured by Peach-faced lovebirds. Provide paper and nesting material that is easily shredded. An interesting fact is the love bird will often transport their nesting materials by resting it in their rump feathers.
Despite their charming name that has resounding sweetness to it, these love birds are not always twitterpated when kept in pairs. Due to their territorial nature it is recommended to introduce two love birds to one another at a very young age, or to only keep one bird at a time.