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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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.
Shankar - 2012-05-29
Do these birds speak ??? Are they talkative ???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-29
    I don't believe the love birds speak or if they do, their vocabulary is quite limited. They are expressive in body language, however. They are also very sweet.
debbie - 2012-03-06
What makes the black masked lovebird bite? I have one and all he does is bite when you go near him. I cant put my hand in his cage. Also he rips his paper on the bottom of his cage and puts in his water

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-06
    Ripping up the paper and putting it in the water bowl is normal. Ripping up paper is a great activity and lots of fun for a parrot. Many parrots - especially the little guys don't like it when you put your hand in THEIR cage. It is scary. I have said before picture King Kong putting his hand over the top of you while you are in bed. Scary - so they bite. It is their safe place and they will frequently attack anything that comes into their safe place. Best thing to do is let him come out of the cage on his own - or bribe him out of the cage on his own and allow him sometime to realize he is not going to be hurt. Talk softly, give treats with your hand and then pick him up and hold close to your chest. You can hold the beak closed and he can't bite. Just hold him close and pet the top of his head.
Editor's Note - 2012-01-25
What will happen if the black masked lovebird has no partner ? Will it die?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-25
    No it is not going to die. We die from being old or getting sick - not from not having a partner. Lovebirds are very social creatures and they do fine with lots - really lots - of human attention and hold and pet. They do extremely well with another lovebird - which relieves some of the socialization and affection needs from the human. You can pair your fella up with another lovebird or give it lots of attnetion.
  • susan - 2012-02-10
    No! In fact he may become very attached to you. He will start to bond with you more and more. I just had one he was the most wonderful friend and family I could have ever wished for!! He trained me to get him glasses of water and loved dinner time he was always curious and wanted to sample almost everything he loved cherries and grapes only I had to hold them for him while he sipped them up slowly!
    I think you will be pleasently surprised by having one bird you will really see his personality like you would never have before.
  • marie smith - 2012-03-05
    Hi, don't stress my partner saved a black masked lovebird (our Harry) about 6 months ago. We took him to the vet as the other birds who attacked him made quite a mess of him. We estimated his age at about 8 weeks old at that stage. He is now the social butterfly. He interacts with all our friends but he has become very dominant and protective of me! He is very happy and well adjusted (that took several weeks). I don't think he would appreciate us bringing in another bird as he would probably view it as competition as he soaks up all the attention and loves it. Just be patient and you will find you have a new best friend.
doreen - 2011-08-21
Is there any way of sexing black masked love birds please?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-22
    There is no 100% way to sex these little guys without blodd sexing --- as the males and females look identical for the most part. Now many who have bred them, raised them and had them for awhile will tell you that generally, the femlaes head is rounder on the top with the males head being flatter. It is harder (obviously) to see when feathered in but when naked it is pretty visually. You can usually feel this more so than see it where the male has a definitive slope or angle at the top back portion of his head. The femlaes pelvic bones are usually wider. It is said that the females have a stockier look when mature. Again breeders can do this quite well - almost all of the time. For the causal observor it is difficult and the only true way is blood sexing. There are ads in the back of Bird Talk which you can send for and they you can send a blood feather or clipped toenail (blood) to the lab and they will send you the results. It used to be $25.00 - I don't know how much it is now. I wouldn't think much. Other choice is wait cuz there will be eggs.
  • Thisara Demina Rambukkanage - 2011-11-15
    I am from sri lanka. I have pair of zebra finches and pair of java finches in same large cage.
    I am going to buy a new large cage. I like to buy lovebirds. But I don't know how to sex them. I want to know how.
Waqas - 2011-09-17
I have a black masked blue love bird ( male ) and a green fisher ( female ). Will the two specie cross breed and what will be the offsprings alike ?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-17
    Yeah, they will cross breed. Looks: some might look a little like dad and some will look a little like mom and some will be a combination of the two. Each can be different one from the other so just enjoy. My white belly caique mated with my black headed caique and the babies looked like white bellies only with a mash and a hat. They were adorable.
danny - 2011-07-14
Hi I hav 8 pairs of lovebirds in a 10X10 ft room of different species (peached face,fishers) all are in pair and preparing to breed. Will there be any problem in raising their young ones?please suggest...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-14
    You should be fine. I would put up12 nest boxes - sometimes the oparents want to sleep in an alternate place before they sit the egg. They will do this occasionallyuntill all the eggs are laid. The first few clutches might be free in that mom and dad don't necessarily know what they are doing. An egg might get laid off a perch and break or they might break an egg in the nest box, or just toss them out. They may not feed. They will all catch on and the fact that you have more than one pair is great. When the one pair figures it out, they will all know. Cuttlebone or calcium blocks would be a great idea to attach. A perch right outside each nest box is a great idea as they won't just fly in. They can sit on the perch and just slowly go in to the box and not break the eggs. Just one of those screw on preches would work but one of those concrete perches would be great. The concrete perch wold keep their nails filed and again eggs would be less likely to break. When they lay the eggs, start feeding them soft foods, especially when the babies hatch. Scrambled eggs - with the shell- beans and rice, cicken and tuna anything that is fast and quick to eat and nutricious as they are going to be feeding young. Do you have a feeding area per pair by the nest box?
    That works well as they get a little territorial when breeding and you want them all to have food. There are clip on bowels. You might get some cross breeding - I wouldn't worry about it. Some get concerned or upset if cross bred. I am Norwegian, German, Scottish and I fogot. I am cross bred doesn't bother me a bit. They will love who they love.
Anonymous - 2011-06-13
I had a pair of black masked love birds, living together for 2 years and at the week the female killed the male.... They had mated in the past and the female had laid a couple of eggs which did not hatch... Is it normal for the female the kill the male?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    It isn't normal but it does happen. Cockatoo males have been known to kill the female and so breeders will frequently clip the wings of the male so the female can get away. Eclectus females have killed their males and some breeders have put in more than one male in a flight because of this. It isn't normal but it isn't unusual. First time I have heard of it in Love birds. Supposedly it is in the heat of the moment or the male is interested and the female not. It has also happened where one or the other loses their balance and falls and the neck is broken. I am sorry but it can happen.
Colin - 2005-08-03
Never put two males together because they will kill each other

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  • Pam - 2011-02-24
    Sorry but I disagree. I have had 2 males together for 2 years - one peach face and one black masked. The black masked is the calmer of the 2. But they get along fine.
  • Anonymous - 2011-04-11
    You must be an expert breeder there to give such informative advice. Males birds if kept togeter will kill each other, Wow what ignorance.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-11
    You can have two males together. There might be some exceptions but I can't think of any off hand. One will possibly dominate but I have never heard of one killing the other.
Peggy - 2009-01-02
Hi, I have a black masked parrot, how can I tell if it's a male or female, I want to get another black face as a companion, can I have 2 of the same sex as companions in the same cage?

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  • Pam - 2011-02-24
    Yes you can have 2 of the same sex together. I have a black masked and light blue litino peach face. They doe fine together. Just give them time to get to know each other outside of the cage before confining them to it.