Lovebird (Black-cheeked) / Agapornis nigrigenis

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They sleep with their heads tucked under their wings or resting on their chests

They are called lovebirds because of the close bonds they form with their mate for the whole of their lives

The Black-cheeked lovebird was discovered in 1904. Originating from southern western Zambia, Namibia and parts of Zimbabwe, this bird is a small parrot with a green body and has a brown head, red beak, and white eyerings.

Black-cheeked lovebirds spend much of their day feeding on grass seed, flying to refuges in the nearest tree if disturbed. They also eat insects and grubs, and spend considerable time at waterholes.

Like other parrots lovebirds are noisy, uttering a range of loud shrieks and calls in flight. They gather in large noisy flocks of up to 800 individuals to drink at pools in the dry season and often feed in the company of other bird species.

Black-cheeked lovebirds take a considerable time to build a nest, sometimes as long as four weeks. They lay 4-6 eggs which hatch after 14 days. The chicks fledge after 42 days. The female undertakes the incubation and will leave the eggs and nest only to feed. The male will bring food to the female.