Black cheeked Lovebird
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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  • Scientific Name:  Agapornis nigrigenis
  • Sub Species in country / area of origin:   Nine different species/sub-species of lovebirds occur in the wild in Africa and Madagascar. 
  • Origin / Distribution:  Northern Rhodesia, Zambia.  South Africa.
  • Habitat In Wild:  Occupy a very restricted area. 
  • Status In Wild:  Rare. Listed as vulnerable. Wild population is declining.
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity:  Rare.
  • Age To Sexual Maturity: About 4 - 6 months
  • Adult plumage: attained at about ? months  
  • Best breeding years (estimate):  For best results, the birds should not be allowed to breed before they reach the age of about 10 - 12 months.  Best breeding years are till about 7 years of age but may be successful for several more years.
  • Lifespan (estimate):  approx. 8 - 10, but up to 15 years is possible.
  • Sexing:  Monomorphic / Dimorphic DNA or surgical sexing may be required.
  • Mutations:  No
  • Availability:  Specialist breeders.
  • Temperament:  ?
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour  (Approx.) $??
  • Description Of Adults:  Resembles the Nyasa lovebird.  Fischer's lovebirds, Black cheeked Lovebirds and the Nyasa Lovebirds are members of the "white eye ring group".
  1. Length: Approx 140 mm (or approx  5.5 inches)
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx. ? gms (or approx. ? ozs)

Listed on the "Inventory of Exotic (non-native) Bird Species known to be in Australia,  2002".  Numbers would be low.

Aviary Notes:

Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.

Government Regulations & By-Laws:  Refer to " Government Laws " web page.

Housing Requirements:  Refer to " Lovebirds " web page for general details on the housing of Lovebirds or read on for specific details for this parrot.

Will hybridize with other Lovebirds.  With numbers low, these birds should not be housed with any of the other Lovebirds.  Black cheeked Lovebirds are adaptable birds that can be colony bred in an aviary or bred as a single pair in a cage.

Diet / Feeding:   Refer to " Lovebirds " web page for general details on the feeding of Lovebirds or read on for specific details for this parrot.

Nesting:  As per "Lovebirds" web page.

  • Nesting months:  Will breed year round if conditions are suitable.
  • Nest-box:  Commercially made lovebird breeding boxes can be purchased cheaply form most bird dealers or pet shops.  Refer to "Lovebirds" web page.
  • Nesting log / nest-box material:  Birds carry the nesting material into the nest box. The preferred nest material is green fronds of the Christmas Island date palm. May also use the stalks of grasses, twigs and other plant materials.
  • Who incubates the egg/s:  Hen

Breeding: Egg Colour White.  Clutch/s per year.. up to 3.  Eggs per nest  4 - 6.  Incubation approx.  21 - 23 days.  Fledge approx.  6 - 7 weeks.  Independent approx. another  2 - 3 weeks.

All 5 species of Lovebirds will hybridize and produce fertile offspring.  House only one species per cage or aviary.

Young should be removed from the parent birds as soon as they are fully independent so as to avoid possible aggression from a parent.

Hens should not be allowed to raise more than 3 clutches per year.

Artificial incubation and hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site.  It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.

Health Issues:  Refer to "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.

  • Worming and parasite control and Quarantine requirements of new bird/s or sick bird/s are considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web site.  Refer "Avian Health Issues" web page option.
  • Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace.  Keep updating your knowledge and skills.

General References:  Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.

Specific References:

  • Australian Aviculture

  • A/A Vol  50  No. 3  Mar  1996  Page 75 (Black cheeked lovebirds)
  • A/A Vol 12 No 11 Nov 1958 Page 137-139,143-145 (Inc colour plate).
  • Australian Birdkeeper

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