The Black-winged Lovebird is a small species of parrot native to eastern Africa where it lives at higher elevations. They eat seeds and fruits. The Black-winged Lovebird is the largest species of lovebird.
Both the male and female Black-winged Lovebirds are dark green, but only the male has a red forehead. These birds are also known as Abyssinian Lovebirds.
The conservation status for this species is Least Concern. Abyssinian Lovebirds are not overly popular in aviculture.
Details & Statistics
The Black-winged Lovebird is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be increasing, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.