Animal Stories - Peach-faced Lovebird


Animal-World Information about: Peach-faced Lovebird

   The Peach-faced Lovebird is a beautiful 'pocket parrot'. They come in a variety of colors and are the most commonly kept lovebirds!
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Linda - 2012-08-19
I have a 4 month old peach-faced named Frasier. I've been noticing at times that he'll start scratching his head & then starts gagging (or hacking). Looks like he wants to bring up a fur ball like cats do. What is this? He'll do this several times in a row before he stops.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-19
    He is regugitating and it is normal.  When they want to show they love you or are smitten they will regurgitate their food in an attempt to feed you.  I mean they can't give you a diamond so they give you the oinly thing they can - their food.  It is just an affectionate gesture.  If he is on your head or shoulder just grab the beak and say 'not hungry but love you'   It is how mom feeds her babies also - and yours is pretty young -
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Amy - 2012-08-15
We have a beautiful little Peach-faced Lovebird named Sherbert who is a bit of a brute and brat. She likes to bite when she isn't getting her way. She loves to run amok in the house and then when we try to catch her she'll bite hard. We've resorted to wearing oven mitts every time we try to grab her when out of the cage. She is in love with my husband and purrs and snuggles, but I'm afraid to even go near her. She'll get on your shoulder and bite when you try to get her off. I already have a human toddler, what do I do with a bird toddler? I hate to leave her in the cage all the time.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-16
    WOW - OK  She wants what she wants and she doesn't wish to go back in her cage.  That is it.  If most of the time she gets picked up to go back in her cage - and she doesn't want to - she is going to make you undertand any way she can that she wants to be with her 'FLOCK' and that is her human 'FLOCK'.  She does not wish to be alone.  How far away from family activities is her cage?  Can she see you?  Things like  do not eat in front of a 3 year old child as it will have a temper tantrum is true for a parrot also.  If she can hear you but not see you - she is not happy.  She will fly to where you are.  She will sit peacefully on your shoulder until she thinks you are going to 'PUT HER AWAY'  So best to have her safe place where she is part of the flock.  Biting - it isn't the top beak that bites - the strength is in the bottom beak.  The top beak is for climbing or holding.  When you think she is going to bite you can 1.  leave her alone   2.  yell 'NO' and clap  3.  grab her up by placing your thumb literally under her beak which will prevent her from biting and yell 'NO'    A kitchen mit is KING KONG or a COBRA snake coming at her and she is going to do whatever she thinks she has to to survive.  She can not bite you if you are holding her mouth closed.  If you grab her and hold her tightly against your chest with your thumb under her beak - she can not bite.  This will sound nuts but I had a bird that would bite - only one - and I finally called a trainor.  The trainor told me that when the bird looked like it was going to bite or attempted to bite to grab it yell 'JAIL' and put it in the bathtub, lights out (so in the dark) and count to 60.  First time no reaction but when I opened the bathroom door, there she was sitting in the center of the tub with this 'good as gold look on her face'  Second time she just looked at me and decided to bite anyway so back in the tub yelling 'JAIL' and she was as meek as a newborn lamb on the way out - in just 60 seconds.   Third time I yelled 'JAIL' and she shook like a dog after a bath and did not bite.  So think about where her cage is.  Think about the pecking order in the flock and is she not being included.  Hold her so she can't bite.  Then there is JAIL.  Hope this works.  Easier solution is to just let her love your husband.  If she has pair bonded with him - she is jealous of the other woman in his life and that is OK too.  They pick a mate and frequently become very protective of that mate - even when it is a human.
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melani matthews - 2012-08-08
My peachfaced love bird flew into our house and he took to me right away but I think he was abused cause he won't land on my finger. He gets very scared but he will fly on my shoulder im trying for him to get used to my hand please help me.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-10
    Soulder is biggger to land on.   He will earn to trust you and step up on your finger, just give him some time.  Hold him close to your chest so he can hear your heart beat and just pet the top of his head.  He will start to get used to your fingers.
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irene - 2012-07-26
How can I know my love bird age...I have i peach head and a blue mask...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-26
    You really can't tell the age except possibly when they are very old.
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margie schlenoff - 2012-07-26
We just lost our darling lovebird, who lived to be 20 years old...we got Wellesley when my daughter was 16 and she just turned 36. I cannot imagine a more loving and lovable pet.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-26
    They are so sweet and love their humans.  I am sorry.
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JohnK - 2012-06-05
My love bird is 16 years old. He seems to be in relatively good health. He has had trouble flying, but still tries to fly a short distance from his cage to my shoulder when I am watching TV on the recliner in the livingroom. I very rarely have to leave him with anyone although I have left him with neighbors in the past. This time I have to take a trip at the end of June and will be gone for 5 days and I can't find anyone to watch him while I am gone. So I thought about buying those self-feeding containers for food and water and placing them in his cage while I am gone. Can he survive buy eating and drinking from those containers for 5 days? I really don't want to cancel my trip, but I also don't want to pay $300 to have a bird sitter watch him for 5 days either.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-05
    Isn't there a teen in the neighborhood and you can take your little guy to their home and pay the teen $10.00 a day. Someone who does baby sitting? The containers would most likely work and people have done it but what happens if he hurts himself somehow?
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Tina - 2012-05-31
I have a peach faced lovebird that is 17 years old. He has always flown but is now having trouble flying and winds up on the floor. He then calls to me and I come and take him to one of his many perches. So, how do you know when a bird has come to the end of his life? Do people put birds to sleep like I did with my dog with cancer? I don't want him to die and fall off his perch. I am home 24/7 as I telecommute, but in July I am leaving for 2 weeks. My husband is here until early afternoon but I have no one for the evening.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    The life expectancy for a lovebird is between 15 - 20 years so yes, your little peach face is getting older. However, because he is older and possibly having problems flying - he is still perky as he is still trying to fly. He knows to call you and you will come get him. Think of an older human with arthritis - they can't jump rope anymore but they can laugh and play and watch TV. Your little one can play and be with you and pretend he is younger. When you are out, I would keep his cage door closed but I sure wouldn't worry about putting him to sleep. Maybe his eyesight isn't as good as it used to be and he isn't sure where he is flying. Could be any number of reasons but he just older.
  • Tina - 2012-06-01
    Thank you so much for the quick reply. Maui is a wonderful bird and I will value my time with him. I will follow your recommendation and tell my husband to close the door to his house (we never call it a cage!) when he leaves for work. The last time I left him, I was gone for a month and he 'snubbed' me for two days so I would know how upset he was.
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GLORIA - 2012-05-26
I have got 2 love birds but 1 seems to peck the other 1 on head and it's looking bald. What do i do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-26
    There isn't anything I know of that you can do. The male will often OVERPREEN the female in courtship. Possibly once she is interested, the overpreening will stop.
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Joseph Freitas - 2012-05-24
My Girlfriend and I found a rose-faced lovebird and as no one has come to claim the poor thing, we are planning on keeping him/her , but we know little about them. I see most of the information here, however I haven't seen anything about sleeping habits such as when to cover the cage, whether or not we SHOULD cover the cage, etc. Also, it appears as though his/her wings are clipped. Should this be something to be concerned about?

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Holly - 2012-04-28
I have had my lovebird since a baby, and he will be 13 this October.
For the past month or so, when sitting on me, he has started to chew holes in
my cotton t-shirts. It almost looks like he's eating the fabric, and shreds the necklines.
Why this new, strange behaviour?
Holly

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-28
    It is pretty normal. I thought all bird people had bird t-shirts - that is t-shirts with the little holes in them that the bird chewed out. I have no idea why he waited 13 years before starting this. He just likes you.........
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