Animal Stories - Peach-faced Lovebird

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   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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corrina - 2008-11-05
I have a lovebird and have tried to tame it. But it is very agressive. I do let it out often and it just flys and sits on your head, but won't let you come near it to feed it or touch it. I have thought about getting another bird for company but am worried that it will attack the other one. I cannot change food/water or toys without the bird lunging for my fingers with its beak.

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  • Barb Hall - 2010-02-17
    I have a peach faced love bird that sounds just like yours. He is very fun and does hilarious things but wants his own way and wants to rule the whole house. Have you figured out how to tame him down. You can't leave exposed skin to him or he will bite you. I've thought about getting another one to keep him company but am afraid I would have 2 terrors on my hands.
  • Anonymous - 2010-02-21
    Hey, I don't have a lovebird, but I have a budgie that sounds like that. She is very annoying and I can't get her to shut-up. Really, unless she is eating or she is sleeping she is never quiet. So me and my mom got her out to clip her wings so that she can't fly and she almost drew blood from me!
  • Vicki Walters - 2010-02-26
    I have a peach faced love bird that I purchases 2 years ago from a pet store. He was not hand raised or tame. I got him because I loved his spirit. It takes time to earn the trust of a love bird. I have taken the time to spend with him and although I never thought we would be where we are now we are best friends. I have a small bedroom that his cage is in and I close all doors and close all curtains and let him out every night. He appreciates it and now of course expects it. He climbs all over me now. Even though he is still scared of my hands he will sit on my hand. I think within another year he will let me place my hand in front of him and climb on. He is a joy. Sometimes he nibbles and sometimes a little hard but I believe he means it to be loving a lot of the time. He gives me kisses.
    All I can say is to spend time with your bird and do not rush it. I started by eating dinner in the room with him out every night and placing some food that I thought he would like; such as, corn or green beans on the TV tray and he would land on the tray and eat when I was eating.
  • l-girl - 2010-03-20
    Sounds like territorial behavior and yes if you put another bird in his cage she (actually you probably have a female they tend to be more aggressive and territorial) will attack and could even kill it. That she is setting on you at all means she isn't too afraid of you. I never really had this problem with my bird so I can't help you with now to tame it but gloves will protect your hands some.
  • Anonymous - 2010-07-12
    Lovebirds I've always heard should be kept in pairs. Have your vet sex check the bird and get another good luck..
  • Mollie - 2010-08-29
    Have you tried to train it with a stick, I have used chop sticks & and we have one of our birds eating out of our hands. Comunication is very important & also I would never ever have just one bird, they need their own for company. We now have six; 2 peach faced, 2 masked & and 2 pied faced. They are all very different & all have different personalities.
  • \'\'Caitlin\'\' - 2010-08-30
    ''Hello Corrina, I have two Peach faced lovebirds too and I am 11. When I go to pick them up they both flap around in their cage and when I eventually pick them up they fly around my bedroom and you have to corner them to get them.''
  • sue showen - 2010-10-28
    my bird was the same way. I put on a pair of gloves to hold him and as he tried biting me I simply tweeked his beak till he stopped. other times I gently grasped onto his beak with two fingers and gently pulled on a downward stroke like preening. soon I was able to let him sit on my shoulder,he likes crawling inside my shirt pocket. Don't wear expensive jewelry while you're doing this because they have strong beaks and have damaged some of my gold pieces.
  • Daniel Penner - 2011-01-14
    I understand how frustrating it can be to have a lovebird that is flighty and bites. I have a peach-face and he was the same, but I was relentless and it payed off. The first thing you need to do is get a pair of heavy leather gloves, then you need to catch him and hold him for extended lengths of time- petting and talking to him to calm and reassure him. I found that bathing by hand every couple of days also helps. After about a week or so my bird was hand tame, and I can pet him and he is willing to step onto my fingers.
  • ASHWINI.R - 2011-02-14
    They are from wild, be patient, love your bird like a baby for the the fullest! Things will change with time.
shelley - 2011-01-10
Back again. Baby number 2 is out of nest, unfortunately it has a crooked leg, hence its new name "Pegleg". he seems to not be able to perch and has spent the day latched to side of cage claws and beak. I have taken him out into a little cage. Was this the right thing to do?

shelley - 2011-01-08
Hi, I have a pair named Rosie and Claude who have had two chicks, one is out the other just starting. From my observations it is Claude who is continually building and rebuilding the nest. He also predominantly tends to the chicks too.
I have just read that the female usually does all this, but my girl goes out of her way to pull all the twigs out of his back feathers. I have to say he gets really mad. Has anyone got a similar story?

andrew - 2010-06-21
Can peach faced lovebirds talk? And how do I train it to talk if so.

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  • Michelle - 2010-12-13
    It is very rare when you do find one that talks. My suggestion is to read a book, listen to music or, watch t. V. Still like i said. . . It is rare. If you do have one that really talks instead of whistles, i would like to hear about it! I have two peach faced love birds and are sweeties. I was eating a hamburger and the male said to the female, "don't you know that she's hungry! ? " i was howling with laughter. He whistled it but, it was easy to find out what he said.
  • Kyle - 2010-12-22
    It is possible to get lovebirds to speak, although their vocabulary will be quite small. It is nearly impossible to teach a lovebird any words if it is paired up or in a small flock, so if you are able to provide the intense amount of attention a single lovebird requires, then you would be more likely to get it to speak. Training a bird to speak is not much different than training a toddler. It involves clarity, repetition, and consistency. Pick a word or two-word phrase, ideally beginning or ending with "hard" letters like D, T, K, or P. Use that word every time you do something, like replace food or put the bird back in the cage. With loads of patience, you will hear your lovebird pronouncing words in their own trills; unless you pay close attention, it sounds like regular chirping. Their speech will never be as clear or broad as that of a large parrot.
  • Jessika - 2011-01-04
    They sorta can. I taught my peach face love bird Peachie to say her name she doesn't speak it but chirps the syllables.
Gordon Ries - 2010-11-27
I own a peachface male about a year old. He started to molt and has not stopped losing feathers. While he acts healthy he's not looking too good right now. His diet is probably not what it should be, but he doesn't eat the veggies and fruit when I put it in the cage. He also scratches a lot and I'm wondering if he has lice or something that's contributing to the problem. Because of his poor diet I've been using a vitamin supplement. Is there a product to deal with a possible infestation?

Rose - 2010-10-23
I have a pair of dutch pied lovebirds about 4 months old, they seemed perfectly healthy until last month one of them started to "sway" his head slowly. Whenever he "looks" at something he will sway his head slowly. Then I noticed that he couldn't keep his balance. Also it seems he feels his way around the cage, I reach out to touch him and he doesn't seem to even notice that I'm about to grab him. Could it be that he is blind? If so what could have caused this?

YVONNE NAIRN - 2010-07-25
My mama love bird just died 2 days ago after i took away an egg. She had 3 young of which 2 are alive and healthy. Since then she has laid about 10 eggs all of which i have taken away. I have since learned that i should shake the eggs and let her sit on them. But she lay down and lifted her rear end and papa tried pecking where the eggs come out over and over and then he tried to open her beak. After about one hour i put her on a soft cloth like when they were babies and she died in 5 minutes. I am heart broken. We buried her in the garden. Papa really mourned her for the past 2 days and now he and the 2 younger ones are fighing all day long. Papa has never let me near him but the 2 younger ones walk on my arms while i am cage cleaning and nibble at my fingers gently etc. What could i have done to save mama? I feel like i killed her somehow.

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  • Bev - 2010-09-27
    It sounds as though she became egg bound. I have had several different species that have been egg bound including a lovebird and I have found putting them in warm water seems to relieve them also putting a drop of olive oil on her vent. Another solution would be to have taken her to a vet immediately.
michelle - 2010-09-21
My lovebirds laid eggs and I don't know what to do?

Anonymous - 2010-09-20
My lovebird is 13 years old and has not laid eggs is years. Recently she has started nesting. What does this mean?

sara - 2009-12-27
Hi, I got a pair of Peach-faced Lovebirds from the pet store today. I think they are around 3-6months but I'm not sure :/ They are not hand trained and bite, how can I hand train them?? They are very affectionate to each other and kiss and cuddle. I want to breed them when they are mature enough so what age should I put a nest box in?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-08-22
    They are not biting it is kissing you. (mine does that too and same with lots of bird owner's I know)
  • Kelly - 2010-09-19
    Attach a favoured toy to the side of the cage that is easiest side to interact with the bird. Place a chair next to the cage, so you can sit down and read or drink coffee and be relaxed in front of the bird on a daily basis. Spend time in the chair eating, relaxing as much as you can for the bird to get use to you. Talk nicely, in a soft voice to the birds when you clean and place food in the cage. Offer pieces of food through the cage (cracker, walnut etc) near to the bird favoured toy or object. Eventually they may accept the food after many sittings and tries which could take up two a couple weeks (this feeding will warm the bird up to up a lot). When you feel confident enough you can let the birds out of the cage to fly around they will eventually go back in the cage for food and security just leave the door open for them and make sure the room is "bird proofed". Hold out a food dish in mid air and tempt the bird to land on it (this will take time). Eventually the birds will surprise you and land on your head. Your final and biggest accomplishment will be getting the bird to perch on your finger or shoulder. Expect a few nips but don't react or scream (as they may find your reaction funny and want to do it again), this is just temporary until they learn to trust you. Taming is a journey and a process not an instant result, so enjoy your progress and good luck!