Black-Cheeked Lovebird

The Black-Cheeked Lovebird is a small adorable African parrot species. They are on top of the endangered list due to rapid habitat loss and limited distribution area.

Black-Cheeked Lovebird

Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Superfamily Psittacoidea
Family Psittaculidae
Subfamily Agapornithinae
Genus Agapornis
Scientific Name Agapornis nigrigenis

Quick Information

Size 5.5 inch (14 cm)
Weight Male- 38 gm
Female – 43 gm
Colour Adults – Dark face with olive green nape, pinkish patch on chest, green body, and rump, green tail, white eye ring, black eye, red bill.
Juvenile- Similar look but gray or orange colored bill  
Distribution Patchily in South-western Zambia between the Kafue river to the north and the Zambezi river to the south.
Habitat Farmland, Woodlands
Sound Shrilling loud shrieks
Clutch 3-6 eggs
Incubation Period Approximately 23 days
Fledging Around 32 days
Life span 19 years
Diet Grass seeds, vegetables, fruits (apples, berries etc), insect larvae
IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened

Colour mutations

There is no confirmed color mutation of these birds, and the ones are Black-cheeked and Masked lovebird hybrids. Though a striking blue mutation has been reported about, there is no confirmation regarding the same.

Black Cheeked Lovebird Pictures

Black Cheeked Lovebird

As pets

They are intelligent, playful and amusing, however, due to their vulnerability, they are not petted largely.

Housing

These active birds need a big spacious cage with a minimum dimension of 32 x 20 x 20 (81 x 50 x 50 cm) as they are fond of flying.

Adequate perches, swings, chew toys, should be added to help them play. Nesting materials like willow twigs, strips of bark, branches, etc. should also be kept.

Black Cheeked Lovebird Baby

Black Cheeked Lovebird Images

Temperature

Make sure the average room temperature is around 80° F. Since they prefer a warm climate, keep them indoors during winters as prolonged exposure to damp and cold weather is unsuited for these birds.

Temperament

These lovable pets, mostly existing in pairs, can be extremely territorial particularly during their breeding season when kept with other birds in a big cage or aviary.

It is advised to play with them daily to preserve their tameness. If trained and handfed, these lovebirds can perform tricks as well. They are docile in nature hence overcrowding can be stressful for them.

Despite their pleasing temperament, their high pitched shrill noise can feel like a nuisance.

Diet

Their feed primarily includes grass seeds, larvae, vegetables, corns, sorghum, and millet.

Care

Bathe your black-cheeked lovebird two times in a week using a mist spray. Ensure general hygiene by cleaning its cage and accessories regularly as well as keeping fresh water in its housing every day.

Since it gets highly adventurous if allowed to come out of its cage, make sure to keep all injurious items out of its reach.

Black Cheeked Lovebird Photos

Black Cheeked Lovebirds

Health problems

They may suffer from health related issues common to other love birds such as respiratory problems, bleeding, drooping head, tail or wings, abnormal droppings, plucking of feathers and loss of appetite.

Interesting facts

  • Black-cheeked lovebirds feed each other during courtship period.
  • They are so attached to their mates that one of them might slip into depression when the other dies or goes away.

Baby black-cheeked lovebird video

References:

  1. https://www.beautyofbirds.com/blackcheeklovebirds.html
  2. http://eol.org/pages/1177930/details
  3. http://www.theparrotsocietyuk.org/articles/articles-on-parrot-species/the-black-cheeked-lovebird
  4. https://twycrosszoo.org/animals/birds/black-cheeked-lovebird/

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