Black-cheeked Lovebird

Agapornis nigrigenis

Black-cheeked lovebirds are a small member of the parrot parrot family found only in south-west Zambia. These parrots inhabit deciduous forest areas with permanent access to open water, as they need to drink twice each day.

Black-cheeked lovebirds mostly eat grass seeds, including millet. They are also known to eat invertebrates, leaves, flowers, nectar, bark, lichen, resin and even soil.

Black-cheeked lovebirds nest in holes in mature mopane trees and lay around 4 to 6 eggs in a clutch at the beginning of the dry season. Once hatched, both parents help raise the chicks.

In the dry season, black-cheeked lovebirds can congregate in large flocks of up to 800 or more in some areas.

The black-cheeked lovebird is classified by the IUCN Red list as Vulnerable. This is due to the destruction of their habitat for agricultural crops, loss of water throughout the habitat and exploitation for the pet trade. These birds are also considered as a past in some parts of their range.

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HABITAT

Black-cheeked lovebirds inhabit deciduous forest areas with permanent access to open water

DIET

Black-cheeked lovebirds mostly eat grass seeds, as well as invertebrates, leaves, flowers and bark.

THREATS

Lovebirds are threatened by habitat destruction, water loss and exploitation for the pet trade.

CONSERVATION

VULNERABLE

A small population which is undergoing a continuing decline, primarily due to the gradual desiccation of water bodies within a highly localised range.

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