Many people must have heard about the word Love Bird but not everyone knows few interesting facts about the popular and most adorable species of birds called ‘Love Birds.’
A Love Bird is one of nine species of the genus Agapornis. They are a social and affectionate small parrot. Of all the nine species, eight are the native to the African continent, and the grey-headed lovebird is native to Madagascar.
Lovebirds live in small flocks and eat fruit, vegetables, grasses and seed.The black-winged lovebird also known as ‘Abyssinian’ lovebird also eat insects and figs.
The love birds mate for life. If a mate dies or gets separated from the flock, its companion exhibits erratic behavior that some have likened to depression. After a long separation, breeding pairs of lovebirds also feed each other to re-establish their bond.
It is said that lovebirds inspired Valentine’s Day. A poem ‘Parliament of Foules,‘ by Geoffrey Chaucer is cited by the scholars as a connection between the religious celebration of Saint Valentine’s day and romantic love. The poem happens to feature two birds which exhibit all the markings of human love.
Aggression is very common in these birds. Within their own kind, lovebirds can also become jealous or hormonal during mating season.
Usually, lovebirds make their home in holes in trees, rocks or shrubs in the wild. In urban areas, they might rely on anything from a tree to a crack in a building. Peach-faced lovebirds often make their homes in cactus.