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Black-cheeked Lovebird

 (Agapornis nigrigenis)

Also known as: Black-faced Lovebird

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Black-cheeked Lovebird, Zambia
© Louise Warburton, University of Natal

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Because the agricultural potential of the lands where this species is from is poor the possibility of large-scale habitat loss due to cultivation and expansion is not impending.

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Species Profile

Genus: Agapornis | Species: nigrigenis

Size:

13-14 cm (5-5.5 in)

Weight:

40g (1.4 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults dark face with olive coloured nape; green body and rump; pinkish/rust patch on chest; tail green. Bold white eye-ring, dark eye. Red bill.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult but with dark green underparts; black at base of bill.

Call:

Shrill and high-pitched chattering.

Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

AvianWeb
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977, 1989.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

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Black-cheeked Lovebird, Zambia
© Louise Warburton, University of Natal

Did You Know?

Because the agricultural potential of the lands where this species is from is poor the possibility of large-scale habitat loss due to cultivation and expansion is not impending.

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Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare in aviculture.

Longevity:

20 yrs

Housing:

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

Diet:

Mixture of small seeds (canary, millet and oats); fruits such as apple, orange, banana; vegetables such as green leaves, carrot, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; spray millet; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Loves baths, fir tree and other branches, wood toys, swings, ladders, mirrors, vegetable tanned leather chewable toys. Very adventurous when let out so make sure it is safe (no open water, hot stove, toxic plants).

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box, 6" x 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm x 15cm).

Clutch Size:

4 to 6

Incubation Time:

23 days

Fledging Age:

6 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

African Lovebird Society

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Black-cheeked Lovebird, Zambia
© Louise Warburton, University of Natal

Did You Know?

Because the agricultural potential of the lands where this species is from is poor the possibility of large-scale habitat loss due to cultivation and expansion is not impending.

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Species Wild Status

World Population:

3500 - 15,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Trapping for wild bird trade; habitat loss, drought conditions, changing agricultural practices (from sorghum to maize).

Range:

Highly restricted range, from southern Kafue National Park, southwestern Zambia along Zambesi valley to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Habitat:

Found in mopane and Acacia woodland; also occurs in riparian forests and areas with fig trees. Found at 600-1000m (1968-3280 ft).

Wild Diet:

Forages for seeds (annual herbs), grain, flowers, buds, young leaves and berries.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Generally stays near water source, found in flocks of up to a few dozen birds. May roost communally.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4 to 6, slightly elliptical, 21.5 x 16 mm (0.8 x 0.6 in).

Breeding Season:

Breeding only known from captivity but thought to resemble Nyasa Lovebird, November-December.

Related Links:

Arkive
Wikipedia
 

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Black-cheeked Lovebird, Zambia
© Louise Warburton, University of Natal

Did You Know?

Because the agricultural potential of the lands where this species is from is poor the possibility of large-scale habitat loss due to cultivation and expansion is not impending.

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