Valentine’s Day falls on the 14th of February, and in honor of this day, ExoticDirect has looked at 5 fun facts about lovebirds, one of the most popular pet parrot species.
For example, did you know that lovebirds received their romantic name because they form strong monogamous bonds and like to cuddle up with their partner?
If you’re interested in learning more about lovebirds, then read keep reading to discover more about them.
5 Facts About Lovebirds
There are hundreds of colorful and affectionate pet lovebirds in the UK, and vet fee insurance with ExoticDirect will protect some of them. Because they’re appropriately named for Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d look at 5 facts people may not know about them.
- Lovebirds received their romantic name because they form strong monogamous bonds and like to cuddle up with their partner. However, it’s a myth that they’ll die if they don’t find a feathered companion. Lovebirds are sociable, but a relationship with a doting owner can often be enough to replace their need for a ‘feathered’ friend. And if they do spark a friendship with another lovebird, it doesn’t seem to matter if it’s male or female, as they can form intense connections with birds of the same sex.
- Although lovebirds don’t mind if their partner is male or female, it can be difficult for an owner to establish a bird’s gender. Some experts suggest you can feel a bird’s bone structure to check, but it seems the best way to be sure is through a DNA test, which a vet can do by taking a small amount of blood.
- Some lovebirds may be fond of Mozart. One owner tried to find their missing bird after it escaped its cage in north London by walking the streets playing the pet’s favorite composer. Although the maestro’s symphonies didn’t tempt Angel the Lovebird back, it was reunited with owner Juliet Nachmias after it flew into a health clinic.
- There are nine species of lovebird, and many have colorful names such as the Peach-faced lovebird and Black-collared lovebird. Most species originate from east and central Africa, but exotic pet owners around the world have fallen for the vibrant little birds.
- “Breast should be deep, broad, and well rounded” and “legs and feet should be straight and strong” are not creepy requests on a dating profile, but guidelines for birds being shown at African Love Bird Society events in the USA. The birds are given points on all aspects of their appearance from color to “deportment.” There are more than half a dozen shows a year across the USA, and there’s even another society that runs its own events. We hope there’s no love lost between them.
“5 Fun Facts about Lovebirds: Most Popular Pet Parrot”
Guest Article by Digby Bodenham writing for ExoticDirect pet insurance.
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