Small colored birds often become pets. Lovebirds are unpretentious and beautiful, so they are chosen much more often than other parrots. Usually parrots are bought in pairs, but even a single bird can please the owner for many years. Before purchasing, you should definitely study the issue of life expectancy and all the factors that affect it.
Lovebirds are one of the most common and popular parrots among small and medium breeds. Birds live both in the wild and at home. It is known that small parrots live less than their large counterparts.
The life expectancy of a lovebird is about 7-15 years. The exact figures depend on many aspects, the characteristics of the external environment and the state of health.
Interesting cases are known when pairs of lovebirds lived in captivity for about 20 years. This is quite possible with proper care and good health of lovebirds. Yet the average life span of a parrot at home is 10 years. Several factors can lead to premature death.
- Various diseases. Ornithologists claim that birds are prone to many diseases. If you buy a lovebird from your hands, while outwardly it looks healthy, this is not a guarantee. The disease may appear after the end of the incubation period.
- Inattention to the health of the parrot. At the first sign of illness, you need to urgently take the bird to the veterinarian in order to double-check everything and, if necessary, treat it. If in a pair only one parrot behaves atypically, then be sure to separate them, which will protect the partner of the lovebird from infection.
- Poisoning. If you do not change food and water for a long time, then mold and fungus begin to develop there. As a result of eating spoiled food, a parrot can be seriously poisoned. Remember, lovebirds love to chew on things. The cause of poisoning can even be the paint that the parrot chipped with its beak from the bars of the cage.
- Wrong nutrition. Lovebirds can eat any food, but their diet still needs to be closely monitored. Often a bird eats something that harms its health.
- Dangerous household appliances in the access of a parrot. If you let a bird out of its cage, it will fly everywhere and gnaw on everything. So, lovebirds can gnaw through a live wire or drown in an open pot of soup.
- Birds need time to adjust to the environment they find themselves in. The lovebird needs to get used to the arrangement of objects in your home. If you move something large, then be sure to show it to the bird. A parrot can, through negligence, fly into an unfamiliar barrier and crash.
- Open windows pose a great danger to the parrot. Even a tamed and obedient bird can fly out or fall out of carelessness. This almost always leads to death, since the domestic lovebird cannot adapt to life in the wild.
- Fear. Lovebirds, like most parrots, are very shy. Intense experiences (anxiety, fear) can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. It is impossible to save the lovebird in this case.
- Other pets. Even if a cat and a dog do not eat parrots, this does not mean that they do not pose a threat. Even in a friendly game, a large animal can hit a lovebird with its paw. The body of a parrot is quite fragile, it can die as a result of injury.
Untamed lovebirds live much less than their domestic relatives. Rarely do they reach 10 years of age. The natural habitat is tropical Africa and Madagascar. The hot and humid climate in this area provides a variety of food and sufficient drinking water for lovebirds.
Wildlife carries many dangers and risks for small birds, which leads to a reduction in the average lifespan. The causes of early death may be the following:
- during periods of drought, it is difficult for small lovebirds to fly long distances to search for water; to reduce the population, some farmers poison the water, even if the bird finds a drink, it is not a fact that it will not die from it;
- birds often plunder farmers’ fields, so people destroy them as pests;
- quite fierce fights for territory take place inside the species flock, as a result, injured individuals die;
- attacks of predators – vultures, owls, eagle owls and other large birds prey on lovebirds day and night.
How long do parrots live without a mate?
There is a belief that representatives of the species live only together, otherwise they die of boredom. The realities are more prosaic, a parrot can live without a mate.
With proper care, the lovebird will enjoy the company of the owner and live the same 7–15 years as with a relative.
A lone bird needs to be given much more attention. Lovebirds in a pair entertain each other. The owner must take on this role.
The first 2-3 days after you bring the bird into the house, you should not touch it too much. The lovebird will be busy getting to know new living conditions, but at the end of the adaptation period, be ready to do everything together with the bird. Play and interact with the bird every day. It is worth playing not only in the cage, but also outside it. Let the lovebird fly around the room, but first completely secure it.
If the parrot is always in a cage, then its physical development will go back, which can lead to early death.
It is necessary to equip the cage with such toys as:
- ropes and tapes;
- toys that rustle.
How to properly care?
Lovebirds are unpretentious, but still need comfortable and safe conditions. You need to pay attention to the bird and give it care. It is worth following some recommendations for care.
- The cage should be installed where there are no drafts. Take care of good lighting, no direct sunlight. Use artificial lighting only in the autumn-winter season, when there is very little natural light.
- The cage should not be placed near the battery so that the lovebirds do not overheat. Parrots are quite sociable and love to watch everything, so place their house at about eye level. So even a parrot without a mate will not feel lonely if you just stay in the same room with him.
- Maintain the air temperature within + 18– + 25 ° С. The light in the room should be soft, otherwise the birds will be afraid of it. Lovebirds love to learn and explore new things. It is very handy to place curly, creeping flowers on the walls. Avoid poisonous plants.
- The main house of the parrot is the cage. It should be large and spacious, especially when it comes to a pair of lovebirds. Approximate parameters for one – 80x30x40 cm and for a pair – 100x40x50 cm. There should be enough space for a flight for at least two wing strokes.
- Inside, install not only drinkers and feeders, perches, but also various toys. Avoid plastic products when arranging the cage. Pet stores even sell special edible toys for birds. So you protect your pet from poisoning. You need to clean the bird house 1-3 times a week.
- For nutrition, use grain mixtures for parrots of medium breeds. Sift purchased food before use. The lack of vitamins is compensated by fruits and vegetables, you can give nuts and germinated wheat, oats. Feed your bird more often with parsley and dandelion leaves. To fill the deficiency of minerals, give the bird a crushed eggshell, but first ignite it in a pan or boil it.
- The daily norm is 2-3 tsp. stern. Ordinary complementary food can be added at the rate of 0.5 tsp. on an individual. Overeating for lovebirds is quite dangerous, so you need to carefully monitor your diet.
Lovebirds should not be given food such as:
- persimmon, mango, avocado, papaya;
- candied fruits;
- meat, fish, seafood;
- spicy food;
- fatty food;
- bones from fruits;
- garlic and onion.
With proper care and constant attention, lovebirds can live much longer than average. Do not leave birds alone for long periods of time. After work, always let them out of the cage, communicate and play with the birds.
Lack of attention and communication is fatal for lovebirds.
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