Here’s a different take on the traditional story. We’re all for flowers, candy and romantic dinners, but how did “lovebirds” become symbolic?
Smithsonian Magazine reports lovebirds take similar approaches to amore, starting with courtship behavior that continues throughout their lifespans. They’re also known to exhibit erratic behavior should a mate die or become separated from the flock.
If separated, one way they reconnect is by feeding each other. According to the magazine, “One bird transfers food to the mouth of its mate, a feeding technique reminiscent of affection in humans — hence the inspiration for the parrots’ name.”
Ain’t love grand.