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Question Help -- Aggressive female Lovebird

I am the recent owner of two lovebirds, the male Wasabi (red head, dark green) has been recently introduced to the female Sushi (light green, yellow head) which i've had for a couple of months. They are both young as i have been told but i do not know for sure.
--- Anyways, ever since i introduced them Sushi is very has been very aggressive towards Wasabi and she bit his legs and biting in general, sometimes over food, so bad that i had to separate them. The male seems very friendly and willing to make friends but she isn't willing at all. I've only had them together for 2 days but I wonder if they will ever bond or will i have to keep them separate forever? Or when should i introduce them again? Are there any ways or tricks i can speed up the bonding process?
---Also I need help in telling how old each of them is since people from the petshop didn't know for sure.

--- Help is much appreciated
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Hello and welcome to the forum!

Personally, I wouldn't house them together and would keep them separate. Your best bet would be to let them have supervised out of cage time together and see how they react. I have always had trouble with peach faced lovebirds and sadly no longer keep them as I've had birds turn and kill one another If you can keep an eye on them outside of the cage then you can see how they act when they're in neither birds territories. Unfortunately people are misled to believe that lovebirds NEED a companion but truthfully they can be really aggressive birds

I don't know about the ages but I can see that your peach faced lovebird Sushi is wearing a ring. The ring should give you a year Interesting thing about Wasabi you may have not known, but s/he is a hybrid between either a peach faced lovebird and a masked lovebird or a peach faced lovebird and a Fischer's lovebird. There's some slight dark patches on his/her face and the ear ring is much bigger (peach faced don't have an eye ring)

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Welcome to the forum, and as catalinadee has said it would be best to separate the birds to their own cages and allow them supervised visits outside their cage. Some birds are very territorial about their cages and simply refuse to share, this can lead to another bird visiting the cage being bitten and sometimes severely injured.

I have a friend with 2 lovebirds from the same nest and they hate each other, when she brought them home as young chicks the fights started right away and she had to separate them. After about 6 months of her letting the birds out to fly and visit with her daily for treats the birds would go back to one cage and all was fine for a little while then the fighting would start again.

She just figured it was best to leave them in their own cages placed side by side so they could keep each other noisy company. Safely.

In time you might find your two birds get along well and will go back to one cage but you need to make sure its a large cage with room for 2 or 3 food dishes and lots of perches and places for the birds to get away from each other. Also having 2 of everything you put in the cage helps keep the birds from fighting over toys, perches, swings, food dishes and more.

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I had bred two sibling brothers, they absolutely adored one another! Three years in and I'm having a phone call to come home because one had attacked the other so bad. By the time I'd got there the one had sadly passed away... they'd been fine until then. Peach faced lovebirds just seem to be the most territorial birds I've encountered!
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What Daisy said. If anything, they'll enjoy hearing each other from across the room and there's no danger of them fighting while you aren't home.

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Maybe she doesn't like him because he is another species of lovies.
And: Are you sure about the genders?
I agree with Daisy and Mr. Peepers about keeping them in separate cages.
If they get used to each other by having free flight time together you could give it a second try in a large room aviary if you like.
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