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Lovebirds Information

Lovebirds are active, charming, attractive and very interesting birds. They belong to the genus Agapornis, which is made up of two words, Agapein and Ornis. Agapein is a Greek word, which means ‘to love’, whereas Ornis is a Latin word, which means ‘bird’.

Lovebirds come from the drier areas of Africa. Out of the 9 species of lovebirds, 8 are the native of Africa, whereas the ninth is the Grey-headed Lovebird that comes from the island of Madagascar. A number of lovebirds live close to the equator where they live in dry Savannah areas. However, a forest dwelling lovebird, known as Black-Collared Lovebird, is an exception.

Since lovebirds are from very harsh environment, therefore they are most suitable to be kept in captivity. They have a good temperament as well as they are very hardy and easy to care for.

In the wild, these birds live in flocks, and often bond with a partner for life and exhibit fierce loyalty and affection to their family. In captivity, they are very social with both their owners and their partner. However, if you need to own a single lovebird, then you need to give a lot of attention and affection to it.

Lovebirds are small thickset parrots usually between 13cm to 17cm (5.1 to 6.7 inches). They have a large bill and a round or square tail. They can live up to 20 years.

Since lovebirds vary greatly in their coloring, therefore the different species of lovebirds are identified by their color and markings. Although younger birds have dull colors and have black in their beaks, however, their coloring intensifies as they reach maturity. Irrespective of the species, mature lovebirds are magnificent parrots.

Lovebirds that are most commonly available as pets are belonged to three species, which are the Peach-faced Lovebirds, the Masked Lovebirds, and the Fischer’s Lovebirds. All of these make wonderful pets. These birds, especially Peach-faced Lovebirds, can be bred in many different combinations of mutations. Hence, lovebirds are available in many new colors. Some of the most common lovebirds and lovebird mutations are named as:

  • Albino Lovebird
  • Abyssinian Lovebird
  • Lutino Lovebird
  • Black Masked Lovebird
  • Dutch Blue Lovebird
  • Peach-faced Lovebird
  • Blue Masked Lovebird
  • Fischer’s Lovebird

All of these lovebirds are wonderful as pets, and are easily available from the pet store and bird breeders.

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Amazon Parrots as Pets

The Amazon parrots are one of the most beautiful parrots in the world. Their inhabitant areas range from South America to Mexico and the Caribbean, where they feed mostly on fruits and nuts.

There is a large number of species of Amazon parrots. Double yellow headed amazons, blue fronted amazons, green cheeked amazons, lilac crowned amazons, yellow fronted amazons, orange winged amazons, and yellow naped amazons are some of the most common species that are seen in the pet trade.

The length of Amazon parrots can range anywhere from 10 to 20 inches, whereas the life expectancy of a healthy Amazon parrot is around 50 years or more with good diet and care.

When it comes to the temperament of Amazon parrots, they are very intelligent and playful birds, and love to be the center of attention. They are also curious athletic, and enjoy entertaining their owners with clownish antics. Therefore, their owners need to give them lots of affection and time on daily basis. This is important because these magnificent birds are also considered a bit temperamental and can become quite hostile if not trained and handled properly from a younger age.

Generally, many Amazon parrots have speech ability and are good talkers; however a few species, including blue fronted, yellow napped, double yellow headed and other parrots are more likely to talk than others. Remember that there may be individual differences, even among species known for speech. Therefore never buy an Amazon parrot or any other parrot with the expectation that it would talk. However, as far as other vocalizations are concerned, these parrots can be quite noisy. They are also good screamers, but not as loud as cockatoos or macaws.

If you want to buy an Amazon parrot as your pet, then you will need to have the minimum cage size of 24”x 36”x 48” with bar spacing of ¾ to 1 inch. However, larger is always better.

The diet of Amazon parrots should be 25 to 50 percent pellet based, with the combination of a variety of healthy fresh foods. Since seeds can make these parrots fat, therefore they can be fed as treats. However, ensure that seeds do not make over 10 percent of the whole diet. You can also give nuts to them as a treat, however in moderation.

Since Amazon parrots are very playful, they need lots of sturdy toys. They really enjoy having toys that they can easily manipulate with their feet. You need to select appropriate and safe toys for your Amazons.

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Yorkshire Terrier Information

Yorkshire Terriers or Yorkies are not only attractively small size but also very adventurous and exploratory. Some of them are cuddly and spry, while others are playful, sociable, and into everything. Therefore, it is better to start training them when they are puppies.

The size of a Yorkie can reach 8 to 9 inches at the shoulder and do not weigh over 7 pounds. Its most preferred weigh is 4 to 6 pounds. Do not buy Yorkies that are smaller than the standard as they are more prone to genetic disorders and are generally at a higher health risk.

Generally, Yorkshire Terriers are quite responsive to training, particularly if it brings them attention for performing endearing tricks or performing in agility or obedience tests. Moreover, they love squeaky toys, and also enjoy fetching toys that you throw for them. If crafts making is your passion then you can crochet a ball that is smaller than a tennis ball and larger than a golf ball. Stuff the ball with used panty hose and let your dog to play with it.

Yorkshire Terriers are housedogs and cannot bear extreme heat or cold. A number of people use paper training to keep them indoors when the weather is too hot or cold.

Since Yorkies enjoy taking a walk with their owners or playing outside, therefore keeping them well exercised does not require much effort.

When it comes to Yorkie’s diet, it is recommended to give your dog ½ to ¾ cup of high-quality dry food twice a day. However, it should be remembered that the amount of food required by an adult dog depends on its size, age, body, metabolism, and activity level. Moreover, do not let your dog to get fat as this is not a good look for this charming breed. You can keep it in a good shape by measuring its food and feeding it twice a day instead of leaving food out all the time.

Taking good care of a Yorkshire Terrier is not a difficult task as long as you know how to handle and take care of this cute breed of dogs.

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