Black-cheeked lovebird

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Black-cheeked lovebird
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Conservation status

Vulnerable  ( IUCN 3.1 ) [1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Agapornis
Species:A. nigrigenis
Binomial name
Agapornis nigrigenis

Sclater,WL , 1906
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Distribution of the black-cheeked lovebird

The black-cheeked lovebird (Agapornis nigrigenis) is a small parrot species of the lovebird genus. It is mainly green and has a brown head, red beak, and white eyerings. [2] It is endemic in a relatively small range in southwest Zambia , where it is vulnerable to habitat loss. [1] [3]

Contents

  • 1 Taxonomy
  • 2 Description
  • 3 Distribution and habitat
  • 4 Conservation
  • 5 Diet
  • 6 Aviculture
  • 7 References

Taxonomy[ edit ]

The black-cheeked lovebird is monotypic. [2] The black-cheeked lovebird is sometimes seen as a race of Lilian’s lovebird . [3]

Description[ edit ]

Upper body

The black-cheeked lovebird is 14 cm (5.5 in) in length, [2] with mostly green plumage, reddish-brown forehead and forecrown, brownish-black cheeks and throat, orange bib below the throat which fades to yellowish-green, white eye-rings and grey feet. Adult have bright red beaks, while juveniles of the species are similar but with a more orange bill. Vocalizations are loud, piercing shrieks, which sound like the calls of other lovebirds. [4]

Distribution and habitat[ edit ]

The black-cheeked lovebird inhabits deciduous woodland, where permanent supplies of surface water exist, as it needs daily access to water. In the dry season, these birds may congregate in large flocks of up to 800 or more. They are found in Zambia and may occur in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Nambia. [5]

Conservation[ edit ]

It is listed as a vulnerable species its population is in decline due to continuous habitat loss. This is due to gradual desiccation of water bodies, causing drought,farming practices, hunting and trapping, fishing, logging and dieseses. There are currently only between 2500 and 9999 mature individuals. However, they occur in nature reserves and there is an action plan in place to help them. [6]

Diet[ edit ]

The black-cheeked lovebird feeds mainly at ground-level on annual grass seeds, but also on other vegetable matter and insect larvae, and on corn , sorghum , and millet . [7]

Aviculture[ edit ]

The black-cheeked lovebird is relatively easy to breed in aviculture, but there was little interest in breeding them during the first half of the twentieth century at a time when imports were numerous. Now they are uncommon in aviculture and uncommon as pets. [2]

References[ edit ]

  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2013). “Agapornis nigrigenis” . IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature . Retrieved 26 November 2013.

  2. ^ a b c d Le Breton, Kenny. Lovebirds…getting started. USA: T.F.H. Publications. pp. 97–98. ISBN   0-86622-411-4 .
  3. ^ a b Birds of Africa south of the Sahara, Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan (2003) Struik ISBN   1-86872-857-9
  4. ^ https://www.arkive.org/black-cheeked-lovebird/agapornis-nigrigenis/
  5. ^ https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22685360/93069915
  6. ^ https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22685360/93069915
  7. ^ “Species factsheet: Agapornis nigrigenis” . BirdLife International (2008). Retrieved 9 July 2008.
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Tribus : Psittaculini
Genus
(extinctions: † indicates a species confirmed to be extinct, ₴ indicates evidence only from sub-fossils)
Psittinus
  • Blue-rumped parrot
Psittacella
  • Brehm’s tiger parrot
  • Painted tiger parrot
  • Modest tiger parrot
  • Madarasz’s tiger parrot
Geoffroyus
  • Red-cheeked parrot (or singing parrot)
  • Blue-collared parrot
  • Song parrot
Prioniturus
  • Montane racket-tail
  • Mindanao racket-tail
  • Blue-headed racket-tail
  • Green racket-tail
  • Blue-crowned racket-tail
  • Mindoro racket-tail
  • Blue-winged racket-tail (or Sulu racket-tail)
  • Yellow-breasted racket-tail
  • Golden-mantled racket-tail
  • Buru racket-tail
Tanygnathus
  • Great-billed parrot
  • Blue-naped parrot
  • Blue-backed parrot
  • Black-lored parrot
Eclectus
  • Eclectus parrot
  • Oceanic eclectus parrot † ₴ ( extinct or prehistoric )
  • Alexandrine parakeet (or Alexandrine parrot)
  • Seychelles parakeet †
  • Rose-ringed parakeet (or ringnecked parakeet)
  • Echo parakeet
  • Newton’s parakeet †
  • Slaty-headed parakeet
  • Grey-headed parakeet
  • Plum-headed parakeet
  • Blossom-headed parakeet
  • Lord Derby’s parakeet
  • Red-breasted parakeet
  • Nicobar parakeet
  • Long-tailed parakeet
  • Mascarene grey parakeet †
  • Broad-billed parrot † (genus: Lophopsittacus)
  • Rodrigues parrot † (genus: Necropsittacus)
Taxon identifiers
  • Wikidata : Q728092
  • Wikispecies : Agapornis nigrigenis
  • ADW : Agapornis_nigrigenis
  • ARKive : agapornis-nigrigenis
  • Avibase: DAB4D2A20BC18729
  • BirdLife : 22685360
  • eBird : blclov1
  • EoL : 1177930
  • GBIF : 2479545
  • iNaturalist : 19077
  • IRMNG: 10205385
  • ITIS : 554887
  • IUCN : 22685360
  • NBN : NHMSYS0020788973
  • NCBI : 60465
  • Species+ : 6513
  • TSA : 1312

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