Animal Stories - Lutino Lovebird


Animal-World Information about: Lutino Lovebird

   The Lutino Peach-faced Lovebird, with it's golden yellow plumage and it's peachie face, is said by many to be the most beautiful of all lovebirds!
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Rudd - 2011-05-21
I got 1 pair of Lutino lovebird. How can I know I really got the male or female? Tq

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-21
    Breeders can be really good at telling the males from the females because of a lot of experience and they have so many birds. However, the only true way to know the sex of most parrots is through DNA sexing. In the back of Bird Talk Magazine, there are always ads for DNA sexing. You need a little blood via clipping a toenail just a little to short or pulling out a feather. You send it in and they send you back the results. Sounds terrible but it is pretty easy. Usual cost about $25.00. You can also take your birds to the vet. They do the same thing, it is just more expensive.
    Now, as far as breeders determining the sex, you can try. Turn your little guys upside down in your hand. Place your little finger in the pelvic area of the bird. The pelvic bone feels like your putting you little finger in a canoe and it is between the legs below the cloaca. The females pelvis is wider than the males. Females heads are usually smooth and rounded to the shoulders. Males heads are flatter. Frequently, this is something you can feel rather than see because of the feathers. Females legs usually sit farther apart and their body looks slightly heavier. Good luck - of course you will definitely know if the eggs are fertile. Remember the first clutch or two is for practice as they need to learn.
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marwa - 2011-04-14
I have two lovebirds. They are called yellow and green. They had eggs and the eggs hatched but they did not give food to the chicks and I dont know why. Do you know why? (the birds where 9 months old and the chicks died)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-14
    The birds called yellow and green are young, novice parents and they might not have known to feed the babies. We think all this comes naturally but it doesn't. Maybe in the wild when they see other parents feeding their chicks but in a breeding situation with young breeders, nothing is just KNOWN. Pairs frequently don't sit the eggs and the eggs don't hatch. Yours did, however, the parents did not feed their young. They probably just didn't know to. You have to let them try. Some parents will never sit their eggs o r feed their young. That is why many breeders incubate and hand feed. Hopefully, your parents will learn to sit the eggs and feed the chicks. It is difficult. If you see the parents are not feeding the chicks and you hand feed, the parents w3ill never learn. However, the parents might not ever learn. I sure would give them a couple more tries. Hand feeding lovebirds from day 1 is not easy.
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a.nony.mouse - 2011-03-12
Are female lovebirds mean?

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  • Willow Leigh Isis Healey - 2011-04-10
    It's said to be true, but in my case all my females are the friendliest and the male has had the biggest bite. One of my females came from an aviary and was never handled, but she is the calmest of of my lovies and I can pick her up without her biting. depends on the birds personality really and the trust between you and the bird, personally I don't think this is a fact.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    Birds are as variable as humans. All different types and personalities and sometimes "it just is what it is".
  • Z - 2011-04-13
    Hi there! Parrots are just like humans - girls aren't all mean, but there's plenty of girls who are, same thing with boys. If you're keen to avoid a "mean" Lovie, I recommend that you go to a specialized bird rescue. Unlike when you buy babies, you'll be able to tell an adults personality already. I adopted my own Lovebirds from Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue (www.mickaboo.org).
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Jodi - 2011-04-12
Hi, I think I have a Lutino Lovebird. She's a real pale yellow, born January 2011. So about four months old. I'm wondering when or if she'll change color? She's super scared of us but starting to warm up. I've only let her out of the cage twice in the 12 days we've had her because I have definbocia plants she tries to eat. I noticed today her beak right at the top where in connects to her skin? is a bright red color. I'm hoping its just her colors coming in and not a problem with her beak. I really like her but I'm tempted to give her back to my friend who breeds them because she is really scared of us it seems. Its just me and my two small kids but I'm the only one who ever touches her. Thank you!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-13
    Birds don't change their color out of their baby colors until after their first molt. That is usually around August/September. That is when they will "shed" all their baby feathers and their adult feathers will come in. The beak will gradually change colors as well. The lovebirds, by nature, are very sweet and affectionate. My concern is that you have only had her out twice in 12 days - which I can understand - but that isn't close to being enough to provide her with the attention she will need. That is possibly why she seems afraid. Birds need/want a lot of attention. They are very much flock creatures and especially lovebirds need to pair. It sounds like you might have your hands full with two small children. Being the lovebird is still frightened, which can be because of the normal hoopla kids produce (I know hoopla), not being out ot the cage and your time constraints it would be better if your lovebird had her own lovebird to love, cherish, honor and all that stuff. Possibly your friend who breeds them is a better choice for now.
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Gayu - 2011-03-28
Hi.. I'm having lutino pairs for 2yrs. They are active and respond me with sound when I call them. But if I let them out they flew away some where so I'm afraid to keep them out of cage. As I saw many videos where these birds were let free at home I cannot make them as like that. Please give me some tips to make it friendly to stand on my hands and shoulders and to be with me forever... and both are biting my fingers too hard when I try to touch them so pls anyone tell me how to make them free with me forever I love them and I don't want them to be in cage always...

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-03-29
    It's very typical for lovebirds, to bond with another of their own species rather than a person if they can. Because they are a pair, they can become quite fond of you over time with patience. But even as they become comfortable with you and interact with you, they will most likely always prefer the other bird as their best friend

    They can still be wonderful pets, their beauty and antics can bring you great delight. It's actually a very good thing for them that you have a pair. A single lovebird doesn't do well alone.

    For a bird to be your close companion, it's best to start with a young bird, and keep just one. Lovebirds are not the best choice for that, because they have a very high socialization need. The constant companionship of another bird provides them the constant attention they need much easier than a person can. Parakeets or cockatiels are better choices as a close companion for people.
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Kurt van Wyk - 2007-12-19
I am about to start making an aviary for my pair of lutino fischer lovebirds! Their names are Bonny(female)and Clyde(male). They are four months old and I'm going to try and breed them. Kurt van Wyk from South Africa.

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  • Nelson - 2010-03-26
    How to identify male and female in Australian cinnamon lutinos please with pictures and differences.
  • kelvin - 2011-02-04
    Plz tell me about that what is the exact information whether male or female, I'm from pakistan.
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Lisa - 2010-08-12
I got my lutino lovebird almost a year ago, it was a baby when I got her. She became very friendly and house trained. And then one day I had her out on my shoulder and I was giving her kisses and she all of a sudden latched onto my lip. Boy did that hurt! I put her back into her cage and I tried later to get her out of her cage and she just charges at me. Biting me. The very next day she started laying eggs, I'm assuming that she is biting me because of her laying the eggs which are not fertile. She laid 3 eggs and destroyed them after a month or so. I tried again to handle her and once again she charges at me. Once again she laid 5 more eggs. Will I ever be able to handle her again? Should I get her a male? Any advice would be helpful, I just LOVE her so much and want to be able to handle her. Is this possible?

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  • Heather - 2010-08-27
    Try theparrotforum.com. It is full of useful tips! :)
  • j - 2010-10-07
    The hen's can be quite territorial, I have a young hen that has just started very similar behavior, can be amusing as she'll back away from the door of the cage a few steps, bow her head, chatter a bit then charge any finger's or hand's that come into range, I've found that she can be removed from the cage easily if I cover my hand with a shirt sleeve or something similar to avoid losing chunks of skin, once she is out of "her" cage she calms down and is quite happy to sit on anyone's shoulder or arms without attacking, maybe try to remove her from her territory that way and see if she is still able to be handled without attacking.
  • Donald Cave / Bermuda - 2011-01-21
    Love birds are one person birds, maybe you are not the chosen one, someone else in your family could be. My bird is over devoted to me and need lots of affection.
    You can try holding the bird and scratching the neck area, they need lots of cuddles.
    Sunny my (yellow peach front Lutino ) puts his head under his wing and falls asleep in my hand, the trust is beyond words.
    Love birds are Super intelligent, do not underestimate them just because they are little. Call their name out often, don't give up.
    You need to pair bond and sit by her cage and talk to her, regardless of whatever always be loving and kind. Show unconditional love at the same time portray that you are the head bird.
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joanne - 2010-07-10
Do all the lovebirds have the similar personalities like peach faced, fishers, blue masked etc?

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  • Cathy Harrell - 2010-12-20
    I have three lovebirds. One lutino, female, and one male and female peachface. I got them from the 2nd home that did not want them anymore. My female peachface i think is the daughter of the other two (lucy lu)
    she only has one leg. . . I think the lutino did it before i got them. Anyway, lucy has her snuggle nest hanging on the outside of mama and dads cage. She interacts with the male all the time and she does her flyover me, several times a day. My lutino, mama, is very aggressive, she is soooo jealous of lucy. I have had them now for about 1-2 years. Mama and dad have blessed me with 2 babies, both looked peachfaced and green. She laid more eggs but seemed to only want to raise the 2? I did give them to someone. This is not unusual for female birds. They have instinct to breed. I have had parakeets get very aggressive when nesting. Mama is pulling out some feathers on her side. I have never in 20 yrs. Had a bird do this! Should i put the nest box in the cage or what can i do to stop it!
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Sara - 2010-12-09
I have two lovebirds, a peach-faced and (what I think is an orange faced lovebird). However now I’m not so sure it is an orange faced lovebird. I suspect it might be a lutino Fischer’s lovebird. How can I tell the difference?


Regards,

Sara

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Darlene Finn - 2006-04-05
I have a darling and affectionate lutino lovebird. He is friendly with my family when they visit but is quick to retreat to my shoulder because he loves me best. He is friendly with my cockatiel and follows her around but does love to preen too deeply pulling out her feathers. She gets so mad at him and then they chase each other and fight over the feather. Be sure to show your LB how to "go potty" over paper on command. They will pick it up so quickly and seem pleased with themselves. I have three other birds but if you want a bird to love and love you back it is the lutino lovebird.

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  • sanjeewa - 2010-10-31
    I also love to have a pet of like that. But I'm sri lankan person. Here they are very expensive. I love that if I have a love bird.
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