Black-cheeked Lovebird

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Common Name: Black-cheeked Lovebird
Scientific Name: Agapornis nigrigenis

Size: 5 to 5 ½ inches (13-14cm)

Habitat: Africa; Zambia. Found in deciduous forests.

Status: Vulnerable. Global Population: 2,500-9,999 mature adults. With a small population to begin with, the population loss from the 20th century pet trade, being considered a crop pest and the loss of available water due to human uses has brought this species toward extinction in the wild.

Diet: Food largely consists of crop seeds (sorghum, millet, maize etc), wild tree fruits and seeds.

Breeding: It breeds in holes in mature Mopane (Colophospermum) trees near roosting sites during January-April

Cool Facts: Juveniles of the species are similar but with a more orange bill. Vocalizations are loud, piercing shrieks, which are very similar to those of other lovebirds. It needs daily access to water, in the dry season, congregating in large flocks to search for available water. Lovebirds will drink at the same water-point in the early morning and late afternoon. Flock sizes of birds at drinking sites range from 1 to 175 individuals. Birds from one locale all drink at the same waterhole. Black-cheeked Lovebirds are vigilant and highly cautious drinkers and won’t drink at waterholes that have been disturbed by humans or livestock.

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