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Black-winged Lovebird  

Also Known As: Abyssinian Lovebird
 
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Captive Black-winged Lovebird

Credit: © Rosemary Low, Ron and Val Moat

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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.

Species Profile
Genus:
Agapornis

Species:
taranta

Size: Adult Weight:
17cm (6.6 in) 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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Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/birds_3.cgi?Desc=E171.htm&Pic=171_1.JPG

Animal World http://animal-world.com/encyclo/birds/lovebirds/abyssinianlovebird.php

CITES http://www.cites.org/eng/resources/species.html

BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1508&m=0

Internet Bird Collection http://ibc.lynxeds.com/

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.