Animals : Birds

Black-cheeked lovebird

Black-cheeked lovebirds are small members of the parrot family. Most of their body is green with an orange upper-breast. Their heads are black with a red crown. These lovebirds live in forests that have permanent water sources as they need to drink daily, unlike many other birds who get water direct from their food.

Black-cheeked lovebirds nest between November and December in cavities of large trees. The nests are dome-shaped and three to eight eggs will be laid. After hatching, chicks will remain in the nest for around 41 days.

Seeds are the main food eaten by the black-cheeked lovebird, but they will also eat young leaves.

Black-cheeked lovebirds are classed as Vulnerable by the IUCN. Numbers of these birds dropped considerably in the 1920s because of capture for the pet trade and again between 1930 and 1950 as sorghum and millet crops (attractive food sources for the lovebirds) were widely replaced by maize.

Modern threats to the black-cheeked lovebird include hunting for meat, habitat loss and the drying of their habitat due to climate change.

  • Black cheeked lovebird

Key Facts

  • Conservation Status: Vulnerable
  • Distribution: Zambia
  • Habitat: Farmland, Woodlands
  • Diet: Leaves, Seeds
  • Weight: 40g
  • No. of young: 3 - 8
  • Life Span: 19 years