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Black-winged Lovebird

 (Agapornis taranta)

Also known as: Abyssinian Lovebird

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Black-winged Lovebird
© By Veli Pohjonen (Own photographing in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Black-winged or Abyssinian Lovebird is the only lovebird that uses its own feathers for its nest. Other lovebirds use twigs, leaves and other debris.

Academic Research

Related publications: Agapornis taranta

Species Profile

Genus: Agapornis | Species: taranta

Size:

17cm (6.6 in)

Weight:

48g (1.7 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Male-mostly green; red forehead and lores; black flight feathers and underwing coverts; green lower back to upper tail coverts; green tail, the lateral feathers yellow at base and banded black near tip. Bill coral red. Feathered eye ring red. Eye dark brown. Female-green head; green underwing coverts, sometimes with black markings.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult female, but underwing coverts black in male. Bill dusky yellow with black at base.

Call:

Calls in flight high-pitched, shrieky notes; also shrill, twittering notes.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
AvianWeb

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
Animal World
CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
ML Media Collection Catalogue 100233, Black-winged Lovebird (Agapornis taranta), Macaulay, Linda, Ethiopia, January 9 1996, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 issue
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Black-winged Lovebird
© By Veli Pohjonen (Own photographing in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Black-winged or Abyssinian Lovebird is the only lovebird that uses its own feathers for its nest. Other lovebirds use twigs, leaves and other debris.

Academic Research

Related publications: Agapornis taranta

Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon in aviculture.

Longevity:

10-15yrs

Housing:

Enclosure or aviary, indoors or outdoors, minimum length 1.2m (4 ft).

Diet:

Small seed mix such as: canary, millet and oats; hemp in cold weather; fruits such as: apple, pear, oranges if taken; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, kale, dandelion, chickweed; willow catkins; spray millet; rearing food made from hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread, low fat cheese and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency, given while rearing young; complete kibble for lovebirds.

Enrichment:

Vigorous chewer so provide bird-safe, unsprayed flowering, fir, pine, willow and elder branches; wooden block or vegetable tanned leather toys, heat sterilized pine cones; ladders, swings and ropes.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 6" x 6" x 10" (15cm x 15cm x 25.4cm).

Clutch Size:

3-4

Incubation Time:

24 days

Fledging Age:

7 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

African Lovebird Society

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Black-winged Lovebird
© By Veli Pohjonen (Own photographing in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Black-winged or Abyssinian Lovebird is the only lovebird that uses its own feathers for its nest. Other lovebirds use twigs, leaves and other debris.

Academic Research

Related publications: Agapornis taranta

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Trapped for local bird trade. Regarded as minor crop pest and may be target of chemical spraying used against birds.

Range:

Highlands of Ethiopia and S Eritrea.

Habitat:

Found from 1600-3800m (5248-12,464 ft) in highlands associated with montane forest, lower altitudes in grassy savanna and Acacia, Combretum and Hypericum woodland; also seen in cultivated and some urban areas.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on tree fruits, including figs and berries.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Seen in small flocks outside of breeding season. Gathers in larger numbers where food abundant. Roosts communally in tree cavity, often an old woodpecker or barbet nest.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3-4 rounded eggs, 24.5 x 19.0mm (0.95 x 0.7 in)

Breeding Season:

March-November

Related Links:

Wikipedia
African Lovebird Society

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Black-winged Lovebird
© By Veli Pohjonen (Own photographing in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Black-winged or Abyssinian Lovebird is the only lovebird that uses its own feathers for its nest. Other lovebirds use twigs, leaves and other debris.

Academic Research

Related publications: Agapornis taranta

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