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- Scientific Name:
- Common Name/s:
BLACK CHEEKED LOVEBIRD
- 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:
- Age To Sexual Maturity: About 4
- 6 months
- Adult plumage: attained at about
- 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
but up to 15
years is possible.
- Sexing: Monomorphic
DNA or surgical sexing may be required.
- 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".
- Length: Approx 140 mm (or approx 5.5 inches)
- Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer
photo/s above if available.
- Weight: Approx. ? gms (or approx.
Listed on the "Inventory of Exotic
(non-native) Bird Species known to be in Australia, 2002".
Numbers would be low.
Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced /
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
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
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
- Who incubates the egg/s:
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.
References: Refer to references listed on "Book References"
- 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
- Australian Birdkeeper
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