Lovebirds are very loving. Once they have interaction with their partners. This lasts for years. They are monogamous, which means they mate for life. Only death can separate them. There are occasions when they bite another partner. In rare cases, this fight is so severe that one may kill the other bird. What are the possible reasons that force the lovebird to kill the other fellow?
There are 7 reasons that lovebirds fight each other
- They may be jealousy if you give more priority to the other one
- Other lovebird may enter to its territory
- The same gender is the common problem
- Hormones changes
- Inequality of the birds
- Aggressive nature
- Lack of sleep
After knowing the reasons, you need to stop their fight. If you keep them in the same conditions, the fight may get worse. IF you failed to stop, it might keep your pair injured. To avoid any complications, you should follow the steps that I will mention in this blog.
Reasons can vary from bird to bird. Just like humans parrots also have different temperaments and behavior statistics. They can be cool as well as aggressive. The anger can be harmful to the fellow bird. Here is the explanation of why lovebirds bite each other?
- 1 Jealousy can lead to attack the other bird
- 2 Another lovebird may enter its territory
- 3 The same type of gender can urge lovebirds to fight
- 4 Lack of sleep can lead to aggressive behavior
- 5 Hormones changes in females can urge to fight with other birds for protection
- 6 Inequality of gender in the cage can lead to fight
- 7 Aggressive nature
Jealousy can lead to attack the other bird
When you keep a cute bird as a pet. You love him like he is your child. A small hand-raised bird has a strong bond with its owner. He loves spending time with you. Your love relationship grows stronger with time.
Jealousy starts when you introduce a new bird in his cage. You start paying more attention to the new lovebird. Although it is important to get a new pet comfortable. When you love a new friend more than him. He feels jealous of her. It leads to aggression. He can grab it and try to attack it.
Just like children, if you prefer one more, the other will definitely not like it. The same is the case with birds. They can become serious enemies that can lead to the death of a bird (in rare cases, injury is more common).
To prevent jealousy, you must maintain both inequalities or love more than the first. The new bird was not worried because it was not your pet before. If you don’t want to do that and you want to love the new parrot as much as before. You should do this secretly. Change the location of the cage so that the two cannot see each other. This will save you from any complications and prevent them from fighting.
Another lovebird may enter its territory
Ovebirds are very territorial birds. They are very sensitive and will retaliate if another bird enters their territory. Generally, they do not allow anyone to enter their cage. This is their limit. Often times they even prevent you from reaching into their cage. When you do, they bite. Once a big parrot said
“Your territory is our territory but my territory is my territory”
Owners face difficulties when they have to clean the cage or feed them. If you introduce a bird, it knows that this is its territory and will protect it. He may see a new partner. Force him out of the cage. He can be aggressive if he plays with his toys as they were in his custody.
To prevent territorial behavior in lovebirds, it is worth the time to change the shape of the cage. You can bring in new toys, give them away for one day and then replace them with previous toys for the next day. Mixing is a good idea.
Female lovebirds can be more aggressive when they are breeding. When they lay their eggs, their main focus is on building and protecting the nest. At this stage neither parent cares if you are his best friend. They even prevent you from fulfilling needs like cleaning the cage.
At this stage another bird enters its place. They will attack him fearlessly. Try to defend your territory like soldiers do on borders.
The same type of gender can urge lovebirds to fight
In many cases people faced problems. They bought a male and a female from a pet store. Unfortunately, the only way to know the gender is a DNA test, which will cost you more. The second way is when the female reaches her maturity age, she lays the egg (in about 9-12 months).
When there are two males or two females in the same cage, they can easily commit crimes. There are chances of them fighting each other. You must ensure that two opposite sexes are in one cage,
A lovebird can serve the same function if you’re thinking about a relationship with your bird. When he gets the bond, he won’t interact with humans. As the two will bond so strongly that chances are they may ignore you.
Females can lay eggs without a partner. If you have eggs in your cage, don’t be too happy. Just keep a close eye on your birds. You can keep two females and two males in one cage. Do not put 2 men with 1 woman. If you do, get ready for battle.
Lack of sleep can lead to aggressive behavior
Sleep is essential for a proper daytime workout. If your bird is not getting enough sleep, it may become depressed. It will make him sick. Depressed birds can become aggressive.
Lack of sleep can be one of the main reasons your pet bird fights. Lovebirds need 10 to 12 hours of sleep. It should be uninterrupted. There are many cases that these pets are kept in the room. Even after the sun goes down, artificial light can disrupt their sleep schedule.
They get less time to sleep which also makes them unhappy. To get rid of frustration, they can snatch each other. You should keep the cage in a quiet room. If you can’t turn off the light, you can cover the cage with a cloth. Try to keep children and your pets such as cats and dogs away from bedtime. So they get peace without harm and ease.
Hormones changes in females can urge to fight with other birds for protection
Hormonal changes occur during puberty or when a female is ovulating. She becomes more territorial and tries to protect her territory. As she wanted to nest, she didn’t want any disturbance around her. This is done to ensure the safety of the eggs and hatchlings.
Signs include aggressive body language, intense flashing eyes, strong biting, and neck lifting. Tail fanning is also an important sign. You can manage this behavior by removing any nests and toys. This will reduce his aggression and may become a focus of obsession. You can limit the amount of food involved in increasing the production of their hormones.
Sometimes lovebirds kill their own babies.
Inequality of gender in the cage can lead to fight
Lovebirds should be in pairs. You can also keep a bird. For this you need to give it proper time and management. Food should be available at all times. Giving him toys can reduce your presence. But if you are an office boy, you just need to provide her with a partner.
For a man, a woman works best. If there are 2 males and one female, it may cause a fight between them. One may form a relationship with a woman and leave the other alone which may lead to aggressive behavior in him. He will attack another man because he is jealous. You should keep a pair in a cage. There should be no gender inequality in the cage.
Two pairs of lovebirds can mate in a cage. But three males and one female cannot survive.
Just like humans birds also have different levels of temperament. Some got anger easily. I have read a story in which a male lovebird was jealous of the female as she was new and owners were giving him more attention. This thing made the male fight the female. He was aggressive but even after the strong attack from him, females remain cool. It is because of his nature.
This can leads to fighting in them. But as time will pass they will get along if they are ready to form a bond with each other.
How do I collect my beloved birds?
If these tactics don’t work. You can introduce a new bird to a new cage. Place the two cages next to each other. So, they can see each other. If they want to fight, they won’t be able to fight. When they start kissing and feeding each other, you can put them in the same cage. This is good for their safety.