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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joan wallace - 2010-01-07
I had 4 black mask love birds and one of them died, and I just wanted to know if I could put all 3 of them in the same cage.

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  • saeed from pakistan - 2010-03-08
    Please try to bought another birds, I heard if a bird in pair is died second is also died
  • CoCoYoYo - 2010-06-18
    There is a chance that the pair will gang up on the singleton, injuring or possibly killing it. You'll want to introduce them slowly and carefully in neutral territory before you allow them to be in the same cage together. It might be safer to get another lovie to live with the singleton, introducing them slowly, of course.

    Do you know why the one lovie died?
  • Roger - 2011-02-07
    Absolutely, but I would suggest , if you got a big cage get another pair or two, and if you know the sex of the bird that's unpaired get him/her a partner too, unlikely that they won't bond in a minute...
    I got loads at home..when my yellow lutino(male died) I got home a masked blue and a male lutino for the yellow one, but in a day I found out that the new male is confined to a different nest and the masked blue is visiting both yellow lutino(female) and his fiance....I guess he's kinda alpha male, having 2 females ....well both the lutino and the masked gave birth to wonderful babies, as I am writing this, my masked 's baby has fallen from its nest and is severely hurt, plz pray for him/her..I tried to handfeed him, no avail, so I returned it to its mom's nest.
  • Pam - 2011-02-24
    I raised love birds a while back and was told by my mentor that if you put 2 males in with a female. The female would likely kill the one she didn't like. In fact when I had mine paired up the first time I had 2 females together and 2 males together. One of the females kept beating up one of the males, because she wanted the other male. We put them together and they had babies right away. I hope this helps.
Meastro - 2010-04-05
Hi, I have two masked lovebirds Pixie and Ernie, I got them already 'married' I've had them for a month already, 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. Besides I bought them a lot of toys, and rarely play, apart from swinging on the swing most of them time. Is there something wrong?

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  • cathy-harrell - 2010-12-20
    I have a little tent, you can purchase them at the pet store. They are fleece fabric and the birds sleep together in it. Birds take time to become comfortable in a new situation, sometimes several months. They are wonderful. They like the tops of broccoli and cut up grapes with their seed and mullet. Give them a large dish to play and wash themselves, hanging one.
  • Cathy Harrell - 2011-01-22
    I have mine in my fla. room. I also have other birds. They like to sleep in a little fleece tent, sold at pet stores. Just keep talking to them in a soft voice, they will eventually calm down. They also love to bathe in warm water. Give them the liquid vitamins in the food and veggies (blended broccoli, apples, grapes, spinach, sweet potato, carrots, etc) You can use one or more of these. I started with the tops of raw broccoli. The pet store also sells something to put in the water or food that will help calm them. If it keeps up, try it.
Misty - 2010-12-11
With the eyes, which shape of eyes do the males have and which shape do the females have. Or do the shape of the eyes actually have anything to do with determining the sex of a lovebird? We have 2 with circle shape and one with almond shape.

Felicia - 2010-11-02
I just recently got a Black Masked love bird. His mate died a few years ago and the previous owners also owned a Jenday Conure (which came with this lovebird), and they've paired up just fine. The Conure has no problems but the lovebird is incredibly hand/people shy and antisocial. His feathers are also a grey color, should I be worried? And what is a way to bring him out of his shell somewhat? I do have to be cautious though, the Conure is extremely protective of his little buddy..

john - 2010-10-08
My lovebird just died, she was masked?
Maybe the female, can I get another one real fast or they will fight?
Will this one live without the mate?
I had them for about a year, or should I just get two new ones...?

fahad - 2010-10-05
I've got 2 love birds....but I don't know their species...can you please help me to find out which species they belong to? I can send you pics.....thnx.

jennifer s. - 2010-06-18
I have a friend who has a black masked lovebird. She purchased him 7 yrs ago from a pet store, not certain of his exact age. She is very concerned, because his little head is not upright. This last week, he has difficulty holding his head up. She took him to vet. They did blood work and xrays, but is not certain what is going on. They told her they think he may have suffered a stroke. Is this possible? She says he has a good appetite. Can you assist?

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  • CoCoYoYo - 2010-06-18
    It's quite possible that the lovie had a stroke or perhaps injured himself... Did your friend take her lovie to an avian vet? If you are in the US, you can find a board-certified avian specialist by using the search function at You can search for veterinarians who will treat parrots at, too.
  • Warren - 2010-08-09
    I am not a lovebird expert but can tell you my story. I rescued a masked lovebird from a pet shop in Dec. '06, not knowing how old the bird was. She had not been socialized and seemed quite afraid of hands, so I assume someone may have swatted at her when she was young. So I simply was very patient and gentle with her, and she has become a cheerful and devoted companion.

    A year or so after I brought her home, she started perching with her head hung low. She seemed exhausted and often fell asleep and nearly fell off her perch before starting awake. The vet said there was nothing he could do. About that time I found a simple nest box in a pet store-- a coconut shell with a hole in the side-- and I brought it home thinking at least it would give her a safe comfortable place to sleep. She took to it immediately... then within a week she started spending all her time in there, so I was sure she was really sick. Even so, she seemed to be eating well and drank lots of water. Then one day I reached inside her coconut-- and found, to my astonishment, five eggs in there! I removed the eggs (which did not seem to bother my bird) and she resumed being her playful, energetic old self. That was three years ago. Since then, she has produced eggs on two other occasions, and she remains a sturdy, healthy, extremely happy bird.

    I think it has been helpful that I've always kept a cuttle bone in the cage for extra calcium in her diet, and I always put a pinch of bird diet grit in with her food to keep her digestive tract healthy.
george - 2010-07-11
I know that we can often tell the sex of a love bird by the shape of their eyes. One has round eyes and one has almond shaped eyes but I forget which is which.

DL - 2010-05-26
I rescued a black masked lovebird from almost being lunch to a hawk. It is beautiful and seems healthy. I would love to find him or her a mate but I do not know if it is male or female. How do I figure that out? The Birds name is "Lucky".

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  • CoCoYoYo - 2010-06-18
    You can keep a lovebird as a singleton -- they do not have to have a mate.

    To determine gender, you can have the vet take a blood sample for DNA testing OR you can do it yourself. Companies like Avian Biotech and Zoogen offer DNA testing. It's a good idea to do this even if you aren't pairing up your lovies. That way you are prepared for egg-laying and egg-binding, which can happen to female lovies (and other parrots) even if they are a singleton.

    Best of luck and bless your heart for coming to the little lovie's rescue :)
cherry - 2008-09-13
Most well balanced lovebirds (well I have owned them for 20 years anyway) either ignore or play with a mirror until they can move on to the next thing. Most I would say don't like them. It's the confined solitary creatures with no outlet for communication with their own kind (sorry if you can interpret what a lovebird is actually saying/needing) that are practically damaged goods that respond to a mirror. Most people who have two, after long periods of having one, get two because they cannot spend time with the first one. The first one becomes wild long before the arrival of the second-but the root cause is confused. It would be selfish to think you should have the birds full attention on demand. I have 6 hand reared lovebirds in an aviary of 20 birds. Each of the six has mixed with a 'wild' bird and is as tame if not tamer than when they were in the nest. They still sit with me outside of the aviary in the garden without flying off.

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  • Dee - 2010-02-24
    Hi cherry, l'm after a pair of masked lovebirds. Colour doesnt matter, just want a hand friendly pair for my husband's birthday... he loves them.
    Are you selling any and are you in melbourne?
    Thanks, dee