Personality & Behavior
Lovebirds might be small but they are bold, inquisitive, curious and always on the go. Many people believe lovebirds come in pairs because they are often see photos of two lovebirds cuddled up against one another. No doubt, a lovebird often forms a deep bond with another lovebird. Potential owners should be aware, however, that a lovebird pair might choose not to interact with people, as they will be thoroughly focused on each other. A single lovebird companion needs plenty of social interaction with the people in his/her life, as well as plenty of busy work in the form of toys and safe items to chew up and destroy. A female lovebird can become highly defensive of her territory (cage).
Speech & Sound
Lovebirds are a chatty bunch, singing and whistling all day long. Check out this YouTube video by Relax With Nature that captured an hour of lovebird sounds. Lovebirds are especially vocal at dawn and dusk.
With all that vocalizing, you might think that lovebirds talk. Well, lovebirds usually do not talk in the way you expect. They talk to each other, but not so much to people. Although they are not known for their talking ability, their song is pleasant, more so than many other companion parrots. The more lovebirds you acquire (and it’s difficult to buy just one) the noisier they will become. They are flocking birds in the wild and love to talk to one another.
Health & Common Conditions
Lovebirds are susceptible to chlamydiosis, self-mutilation as well as nutritional deficiencies related to an inadequate diet, especially if fed a mostly seed diet.
Get a Lovebird
Lovebirds are readily available in most pet stores, as well as from bird breeders. The cost to buy or adopt a lovebird varies. Where you buy or adopt your lovebird from, your geographic region, rarity, and whether the parrot is hand-tamed are some factors that can affect the price. Although the price varies, they usually cost less than parrot species that are large or those that are rare. A random internet search showed prices ranging from $45 to $200.