Mumu initiated preening Lulu. When the male feeds the female rigorously, make sure to provide healthy nutritious foods like corn, whole wheat bread, egg white and yolk (once a month in small amounts); and eggshell bits as calcium supplements, fresh/dried spinach leaves (according to your bird's taste) and lots of fresh water. wikiHow is where trusted research and expert knowledge come together. This article has been viewed 289,422 times. We kept both of them in separate cages, which were placed side by side. Handling 3 dogs as pets must be a tough. Date of Birth: Three weeks old baby when bought on 12 March 2016. He would always approach her, would scream at her, or try to intimidate her. Best, Jill. Are you certain your male lovebird is a male? We planned to go to India for a small vacation. Then, mating follows. "Really it all helped me. I’m nervous that if I get her a mate, she won’t love me or my husband anymore. She has stopped laying eggs since the end of last year. Question: About a month ago, my male and female lovebirds produced a chick. At this time I don't have any birds or any pets any more. To learn more about using blood testing kits, read on! How to know it's gender then? Routine: Peculiar habit of eating seeds inside her water bowl. Errol is the boss - Elvis is still a baby so hangs on my shoulder - but am hoping they will be friends. We have a girl, peach face and brought home a new purple baby for hopeful mate or companion - so opposite to yours we think. 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I hope this helps and you're welcome to ask more questions. Caroline Gumbs - Francis on March 17, 2020: Hi ! Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on November 06, 2016: They are indeed! For example, while males are more affable and less fearful, females have a more aggressive and territorial attitude. They seem very compatible, have had 2 years, the one displays like he wants to mate but the other will have nothing to do with it. How do I find her a new partner? Answer: No, male lovebirds do a "dance" and click their tongues continously. Dr. Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS is a veterinarian with over 30 years of experience in veterinary surgery and companion animal practice. Question: Does a male lovebird open its tail? Best, Lissa. Surgical sexing is usually cheaper than DNA sexing but it has many more downsides, such as the risk of illness and death associated with surgery. Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on January 18, 2017: Thank you so much for showing your appreciation and sharing your thoughts with me. Answer: If you say you have lovebirds whose beaks have black tips, that means they are still babies. Very well done article and very complete with great examples of your personal experience. He will think you are his mate unless you get a female bird. However, most species that are kept as pets cannot be easily sexed. Alhamdolillah. Settling may take a month or more and bonding takes several months (it totally depends on the lovebirds). She runs away or tries get the male off of her. ", "It helped my mother with determining the sex of her lovebirds, thanks. Will she be able to take care of them herself? But she never got scared by him. He thinks of me as his partner & I love this but he always tries mating with my hair when I have my hair up or even down it doesn't matter. Each bird is unique and special in his/her own way. Do your lovebirds still give you attention? Like most parrots, lovebirds are willful. Click here to Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA-4QKIwoRo4fqRxkQ6kYRA?sub_confirmation=1Budgie bird and Love bird breeding … Despite the sleep position, the birds always seem aware of movement and sound Wing tips are slightly spread as a result of the pull on wing and chest muscles.A pair will turn the head back almost, 180 degrees on opposite shoulders, while perching in close contact with one another. God bless you too dear. Did you always see her again and again at that time? Sakina loves birds. If you want to examine the bird yourself, hold it upside down in your non-dominant hand with its head pointing away from you. Question: I am struggling to find out my bird's gender. A six-month-old lovebird is considered an adult. The male has started feeding the female, and the female keeps going inside the nest box. Some people argue that female lovebirds are generally smaller than male lovebirds. Thanks for this. I was guaranteed she's a girl by the vet. I don't know when will they get another chick. That was an interesting experience. Picture showing an adorable medium green heavy pied peach-faced lovebird, named Mumu. Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on January 20, 2020: Oh... well there's no harm if they mate. This has to do with the assumption that a female's pelvis is wider than a male's.This depends on the species. They will get used to you and your house. Two lovebird mates eating seeds together from a money plant pot. There was a dna test done on him but not on the female that i have gotten. on November 25, 2016: Sakina, this is a wonderful and very informative article. Sometimes, they don't like each other, at times they mate immediately or over time. Mumu fed Lulu many times to win her trust and attraction. Most loved activity: Shredding any type of paper and loves tearing cardboard too. ☺. PS.....all the birds are reared by their parents....I have not had to hand feed. God bless you too! I am his mate he thinks of me as his partner and i love this so much but he always tries to mate with my hair when ever i have my hair up in a bun or even down in a braid it doesnt matter he will try to mate with my hair i have tried to block him from my hair but it is an every day thing and i am not sure what to do. The lovebird might not be finding the three males compatible. Males don't display nesting behavior, they regurgitate (bob their heads up and down to bring up food) and feed the females. Please get her a mate as soon as possible. If you don't, you could end up with more birds than you expected or wanted. The 1st 16 eggs were empty without any chicks. Did she break them? The "throwing up" is called regurgitation and is a characteristic of a male lovebird. Do you see any changes in the behavior? We got her a male, and she attempts to mate in a very male fashion. Question: I have two lovebirds. Is this normal? It could lead to fighting, which could cause injuries. :), Hi! Answer: Please give them time. We believed "she" was a "he" until yesterday when I went to the pet store to get her a friend. However, there can be exceptions. Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on November 15, 2016: Aww! They have been together for a year now. Answer: It is possible for a male lovebird to regurgitate to another male. @Farah Hi! Answer: I think the female lovebird is not ready to mate. They reject their eggs (even with babies), when humans cause disturbance. Jill Spencer from United States on January 25, 2017: A charming hub! They need to accept each other. The female opens her wings to balance his weight. Now she has two lovebirds, one of which is a peach-faced male she hand-raised. Unique abilities: Puts her whole face inside the water bowl sprinkling droplets upon herself and then pushes it against the cage bars, to let water fall on her body. In general, when lovebirds are interested in mating they tend to shred paper, whether they are male or female. Are your male and female lovebirds trying to bond to each other? I really appreciate people taking time to write down what they thought in, "I was clueless until reading these wikiHow pages. Lovebirds are fast moving. While the different types of lovebirds have differences in looks and temperament, on average, all of the lovebirds … Would you suggest that two males together would be a good companionship? You can also see a very interesting behavior during the mating period; the male moves its head up and down, sometimes hitting an object with its beak. Is that normal for a female love bird to do? They may not show side effects now, but later they may get sick or die. I have mentioned some fun facts about my pets below. Learning what is normal behavior for lovebirds and what may be a sign of problems will help you keep them healthy. You should be an adult or work with one before you start breeding. :) That's so sweet to hear. Question: I have a female lovebird who is showing signs of wanting to mate (nesting and displaying her wings). Why? Mine do the same as well. That's why I was thinking, at the time, that she knew they wouldn't hatch after the normal incubation period had elapsed. Without the cavity, the reproductive drive usually abates. Take the bird into your less-dominant hand so that it is held upside down and its head is away from you. Personality: Quiet, reserved and as cool as a cucumber. They are prone to nutritional disorders, so be sure to offer a highly nutritious diet, including fruits and vegetables. It's best to give egg-laying females privacy and keep them covered; placing them in a dark and quiet room. Please buy a new male lovebird for your female. Answer: Mating is a common behavior. Are they all of the same age? Thank you. They are so adorable. Eldest one "tutu" is so angry bird, than other two from an early age can't say it was due to jealousy. Among Lovebirds, the Peach Face Lovebirds come in a wide variety of color mutations including normal green, Dutch-Blue, Lutino, Pied, Creamino, Cinnamon, and in combinations of the above. Give them time and they will figure out things on their own. It is often done to forcibly remove a bird off of his perch. The wings are violet with streaks of grey color. The peach-faced lovebird, which is the most popular, can be identified by the rainbow of yellow, green, and blue on their bodies as well as their bright peachy-pink faces. Answer: Lovebirds don't open tails, but they do wag them. Nicknames: "Chaplu" (meaning nosy in our native language), "Kalejo" (meaning the apple of an eye in our native language) and Softy Pie. But after 20 days, they still haven't laid any eggs. From that, a chick had hatched on 13 January 2017, but didn't survive, unfortunately. Will the offsprings come out okay? Answer: They will never stop loving you. LOL. Answer: If he regurgitates, it is sure that the lovebird is a male. Will it hurt her? Question: My male lovebird is trying to mate with me and I don't know what to do. This article was co-authored by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS. Species: Medium green heavy-pied peach faced lovebird. To answer your other question: My Finch started poking holes in the eggs. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 289,422 times. :) Yes, a mix of white and gray eggs is normal. Is this a sign of loneliness? Does your male lovebird continue the mating process (like a female does)? She refused to eat from his mouth at the beginning, but she approved and asked to be fed later on. Answer: Either the "female" lovebird isn't a female, or she's one and is hungry (sometimes, mine asks the male to feed her in this way). I am glad mine did. There are online services that will test your bird's DNA. Lovebird Courtship and Mating: What We Learned Regurgitation Is the First Step of Courtship in Lovebirds. They feed each other, groom each other and are very close to one another. Answer: Please buy two adult female lovebirds for your male lovebirds. I look forward to reading about their chicks. Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on March 08, 2018: @Lissa Hi! Many of those properties are related to behaviour. Thank you so much Hamza! She became very clingy and once escaped out of her cage and flew to find me. Or should I just let him continue to mate with the rope? Give them time. As I just got them. Take the pointer and middle fingers of your dominant hand and gently feel around the pelvic area of the bird. ☺, Masha Allah :* mumu and lulu are so adorable.... and it looks like some "hatred turned love" story :P. Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on November 04, 2016: John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 04, 2016: Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on November 03, 2016: Such a beautiful article! The company will send you a collection kit, you send it back to them after following their directions, and then they will send you the results. Like humans, even animals need time to feel comfortable with each other. Yes, please spread some paper at the bottom of the cage. When your birds remain close together and you feel like they... Mating Ritual. Thank you for sharing Mumu and Lulu. I'm wondering if there anything I can do to help this stop. Well, coming back to the beginning, we hoped they would bond with each other, as soon as they would be together for the first time. Way to go, girl! Answer: There can be exceptions, either both are males or one is a female who copies the male. Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on August 05, 2020: It's okay, my female lovebird does that to my male lovebird too! Tip: You aren't sure about the gender of your lovebird, but don't want to do a DNA test. Often referred to as " bluffing," this sort of display, all too often, is the reason that many bird owners cite for surrendering their parrots to shelters and rescues. Thank you! These are mine, Sunny and Rio, who I took in for my sister due to, "My lovebird which I hand fed passed away after 16 years, so now a few months later I am ready for my second hand, "This is my first time owning a conure. I would like to end by saying that lovebirds can be friends or mates or enemies too. Lovebirds are not whistlers or talkers. :) When you first a lovebird out of the cage, he/she is bound to get scared (and is likely hide in a dark place). What do they do together? Yes, but preferably it shouldn't, as it may cause unhealthy offspring with low quality gender characteristics. Will any union come out of this or it's already none and void.. ", "Thanks for the article. :) Pitu, Pitku and Tutu are so cute. Answer: Visit a local pet store and look out for a cage with many lovebirds. Our remaining lovebird, raised from an egg, now maps with a ping pong ball on her head. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1987 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. Do you have any lovebirds? They tend to have cute chatter and beautiful coloring, in addition to being very social creatures. Sometimes, lovebirds don't end up as mates even though they are bound to be "in love" at some time or another. Your bird’s personality might change. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1987 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. Due to the relative ease of breeding in captivity peach-face are quite common in aviaries and in pet stores. Thanks. 3 | Habits and behaviors Behavior can also be an indicative element whether you have a male or female lovebird at home. :). When your bird displays the nesting behavior mentioned above, you can be sure it's a female. The face and chest are white, while the rest of the body is deep violet. She can also open the closed cage door and get inside easily. That's new...I never heard that before. Thanks for sharing your experience with me Glenn. Bird and Parrot classifieds. To learn more about using blood testing kits, read on! I loved hearing about your lovebirds. She was hand reared and would step up on her previous owner’s finger. Nicknames: Snow White, Fur ball and Softy Pie. The body is yellow with tinges of green, wings a mix of yellow with green spots, while the tail is a bright blue. My lovebirds go inside the nest box for warmth, and they mate at the bottom of the cage. ☺, Thank you so much for commenting Yanisha! Here are the tell-tale signs of courtship/attracting a mate: This is the first sign of courtship in lovebirds. Stop breeding them once they are 3 - 4 years old. Madelyn De Los Santos on January 20, 2020: My male lovebird is mating with its mom, since the father died. They were friends; in fact, we felt they were going to become more than friends. Phew! :) That's really nice to hear. This article was co-authored by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS. I don't know how old my lovebirds are but by the looks they are still babies. How old is Elvis? I'm just planning to get a bird and I'm trying to help my teacher find out her Lovebird's, "I just got two lovebirds as a gift from my sister; my mother has some. A couple ensures health, the male will feed the female and also look after the chicks when they are older. During preparation of the research (end of 2005) Wessel van der Veen composed a table that provides an overview of properties that distinguish between lovebird sexes as mentioned in the literature. What should I do? It does not necessarily need a companion as long as the bird spends a lot of time with a person. I put a nesting box near them but they didn't mate. For example, day 1: 10% pellets and 90% seeds, day 2: 20% pellets and 80% seeds, and so on until she is eating only the pellets. Once a bird is surgically sexed, a tattoo is usually applied to the bird to permanently mark it as male or female. Answer: All lovebirds scratch their cheek feathers, it's totally normal. Can I have just one lovebird or will it die without a companion? If she does, you can be sure she is a female. She loves to sprawl and sleep here too! But the male who is at the receiving end would be a female (in case he/she is accepting the food). We were very worried about Mumu. 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