Black-cheeked Lovebird

About the Black-cheeked Lovebird

Also known as: Black-faced Lovebird

The Black-cheeked Lovebird is a small species of parrot native to Zambia, in Africa. The live in woodland habitat where the eat seeds and other vegetation, as well as insect larvae.

Black-cheeked Lovebirds breed relatively easily in captvity though they are not overly popular pet birds. They are known to have a peaceful nature.

The Black-cheeked Lovebird has a conservation status of Vulnerable. While the collection of wild Black-collared Lovebirds is illegal, birds are still caught for both the pet trade and for sustenence. The species suffered its greatest declines in the first half of the 20th century from exploitation as well as habitat loss and changes in farming practices. The birds also need continual access to fresh water, which may be disrupted by human activities. Education programmes and habitat preservation are underway to help this species to survive in the wild.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 26 November 2012
Scientific Name
Agapornis nigrigenis
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittaculidae
  • Agapornis
  • A. nigrigenis
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Conservation Status
Vulnerable (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
5.1 to 6 inches
1.4 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The Black-cheeked Lovebird is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2013 by BirdLife International. This species is listed as Vulnerable because it has a small population which is undergoing a continuing decline, principally owing to the gradual dessication of water bodies within a highly localised range.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 黑脸牡丹鹦鹉
Czech (Cesky) agapornis hnědohlavý
Danish (Dansk) Sortkindet Dværgpapegøje
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwartwangagapornis
Finnish (Suomi) jokikaijanen
French (Français) Inséparable à joues noires
German (Deutsch) Rußköpfchen
Italian (Italiano) Inseparabile guancenere
Japanese (日本語) クロボタンインコ [kurobotan]
Norwegian (Norsk) Svartkinnet Dvergpapegøye
Polish (Polski) nierozlaczka czarnolica
Russian (русский язык) Чернощёкий неразлучник
Spanish (Español) Inseparable Cachetón
Swedish (Svenska) Svartkindad dvärgpapegoja
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