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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Get to Know Black-cheeked Lovebirds (Agapornis nigrigensis)

Black-cheeked Lovebirds are native of Northern Zimbabwe. Both the sexes possess dark brown cheeks (view the pictures here). Yellow green color is noticed in the rear head and sides of throat. The throat is orange-brown in color. They are having red beak, white-eye ring and dark green upper parts. Usually the young Black-cheeked Lovebird would be dull in color.

You can get mutated Black-cheeked lovebirds, which is the outcome of hybrid between Black-cheeked and Masked lovebirds. Actually this is not advised.

Black-cheeked Lovebird has also become very rare recently. They are smaller than the Nyasa and, like them, can be sexed according to their behavior. They are friendly towards their own kind and other birds. Some exceptional breeding pairs yield three broods a year.

Birds can tolerate a few degrees of frost but imported specimens have to be kept at 15 degrees celcius or more, otherwise you may experience substantial losses just like that of masked lovebirds. Black-cheeked lovebirds are listed on "The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species".

1 comment:

Two Pis and a Poi said...

Very informative blog! Thank you for keeping it up!