Animal Stories - Black Masked Lovebird


Animal-World Information about: Black Masked Lovebird

   The Masked Lovebird is a very popular species, second only to the Peach-faced Lovebirds, and is available in a number of attractive mutations!
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Lisa Lupia - 2014-09-13
Hi I just bought a black masked lovebird off of someone from craigslist n he is 7 and never let out of the cage n never touched and Im trying with all my might and I do know alot about birds have them 30 years n been trying all my might to handle him but boyyy is she vicious. I have done everything possible but he aint going for it what should I do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-14
    Sounds like he's got a great home, but was never tamed. At 7 years old, you've got a task to in front of you if you want a tame bird. A lot of patience and love will be needed, but hard to say if the lovebird will become like a handfed bird that was socialized as a baby. Good luck.
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cookie - 2014-07-21
I lost my peach face lovebird and I am very lost without her she was the most beautiful baby I am looking for one

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dibya - 2013-03-21
i had pair of black masked love bird but few days before one of them was died and now i want to introduce another black masked with him is it right to do this if yes then how should i do this pls if any one there rply me

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-23
    Lovebirds can get lonely and it is usually best to keep them as pairs. However, because your lovebird is an adult, you may want to introduce a new bird slowly. I would start by keeping them in separate cages and putting the cages right next to each other. This way they can get to know each other without the danger of fighting.
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Roberta - 2013-02-06
I am looking for a pair of black masked lovebirds to breed. Any suggestions on where to find them?

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dibya - 2011-07-27
I had a pair of black masked love birds, living together for 2 months,but they are too scared of anyone, and they are kept in the living room, so there is always someone there for them to get used to us. Even when I change their food, they get sooooo frightened. They dont eat anything except grass seeds. Is there something wrong?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    I believe they just were never handled and all they had to eat was the seed. Try and feed them with your hand - any kind of treat. They should like little pieces of millet, maybe apple - you can just cut up a long string of millet and give them an inch piece. Try and get them used to your hands. Think if you were that size and a hand the entire size of your body was coming at you - would you be scared? So go slow. Try and coaz them out of the cage a little (where they won't be trpped fleeing from the hand) and continue to introduce new foods, pieces of treat etc with your hand. There isn't anything WRONG they were just never handled. It will take awhile but they should come around to loving humans too. Go slow.
  • Anonymous - 2011-07-29
    Thank you charlie for your suggestion...............
  • Anonymous - 2011-07-29
    Would I consult you when ever i got problem with my birds???????????
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-29
    I had lots of birds and bred for many years but I am not a vet. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like there really are many avian vets outside of breeding territories in Fl and CA. There are a whole lot of sanctuaries and small breeders that are usually pretty local that have ideas. I'll help if I can but best to know and learn. Now I think this works. There is a little picture of one of my birds with my name Charlie. That takes you to a facebook account and about 200 people that are parrot crazy (like me). There are vets, breeders and parrot lovers. Join, click to be a friend and there about 200 people to ask questions. Most are sanctuaries, breeders and/or vets and from all over the world. Just started it for Animal World. OK????
  • hava - 2012-01-28
    I rescued a black masked couple (one year old) they were in a very very smal cage without nothing inside, and very afraid of people. They are with me now already 3 months. There is a big progress, they now have 5 babies (20 days old) and the male steped twice in my arms! I spend every day 15 minuts with them, start with slices of apple, i offered them with my hand, throug the bars of the cage, and sunflour seads. Little by little they got to know me and are much more relaxed with me. The day they arrived I cliped their wings and it help alot,so they woundt fly when i was closed by, now they are full flight, but not scared when i get close to them. One thing also, at the bigining, i took their food plate out from the cage, and after few hours, i would come to the cage with seads, offer to them with my hands, they were hungry so they had to try to eat from my fingers. Good luck and much patiente!
  • Donna Wilson - 2012-11-16
    I am very proud of you doing that, I am going to be getting a black mask baby in about 2 months, but I have 5 other lovebirds and some are afraid of me and after reading your post I have hope to gain the trust of them some day.
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Steven - 2006-02-16
i have four white masked african lovebirs. at the moment they are all getting on well. i was told there was two males and two females,

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Neal - 2011-09-12
Hey guys I just wanted to know if it is possible to keep a pair of masked lovebirds and a pair of fischers lovebirds in the same cage? Would that be a problem when either one of the pair is laying eggs?

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    levisantony - 2009-10-23
    I have a good pair of blue masks. They lay eggs, hatch them, but the babies died... What to do?

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    • saeed from pakistan - 2010-03-08
      Where are you from, what is the weather of your country, I think a temperature problem,
    • levis - 2012-11-21
      Am from India, I dont think itz becz od the weather conditions , since my birds in other cages r having a lot f babies and no problem for them... Will it be due to lack of vitamin??
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    arun - 2012-09-01
    Is it friendlly lovebird or not , is it possible to train this bird

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-01
      Lovebirds are most of the time extremely cuddly, lovable and affectionate.  They love their humans and wish to be around them and by them.  You say 'train'   Love birds are not the normal parrot for training.  Yes, they step up and they pet but if you are thinking roll over, lay on their backs, fetch, riding a scooter, or playing parrot game sthat you teach - no they are not those kinds of birds that one would TRAIN for a bird show.  Step up an dpossibly coming to your hand waving when called - yes.
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    Martin - 2012-07-03
    How can i sex my love birds? without getting them DNA tested, I took em to a petshop and i was told I had 3 females and one male, how can i check myself? They told me that the females have a wider pelvic bone than the males

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-04
      You can't - not with 100% accuracy.  Yes, females in general have a wider pelvic bone - but it is a best guess as to who has the wider pelvic bone and some males may be larger than others.  You can say that females have a rounder head (which is true) but sure easier to see before they feather in.  You can say males seem to have a flatter head with a ridge sloping toward the back of the neck but it is a ridge that sometimes you can see and or feel.  It takes a lot of experience and breeding for a breeder to be able to differentiate the male from the female and they aren't always accurate -  can't be.  No way to know without DNA sexing.
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