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Black-Cheeked Lovebird


Scientific Name: Agapornis nigrigenis

IUCN World Conservation Status: VULNERABLE

African parrots with only 10,000 remaining in the world. These small birds were captured for the pet trade in huge numbers in the early part of the last century. The adult averages 13-14cm in length and boasts green plumage and black cheeks. In the wild, flocks of up to 800 individuals can be seen.
Our birds at Harewood are very adventurous. They like baths, swings, ladders, mirrors and chewable toys.

Where in the world?

Native to a small region of southwest Zambia.

Threats in the Wild


This bird makes its home in a small region of southwest Zambia, close to the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. It prefers deciduous woodland
to make its nest.


Unlike many other birds who acquire their water from the food they eat, this lovebird requires daily access to fresh water. They eat seeds from grass, annual herbs and ripening crops (mainly millet and sorghum).


Black-cheeked lovebirds lay between 2-6 eggs. Both males and females help to incubate the eggs.