The Black-Cheeked Lovebird (Agapornis nigrigensis) is a small parrot.
The Black-Cheeked Lovebird has mostly green feathers, with a reddish-brown head, black cheeks, and a yellow-orange patch on its chest. It has a red beak with a thin, white cere. It has dark eyes with a white eye-ring.
It measures 14 centimetres (5.5 inches) tall.
The Black-Cheeked Lovebird is found in southwest Zambia in the continent of Africa. It prefers woodlands near water.
It feeds on the ground on grass, grass seeds, fruit, and insect larvae.
It is a social bird, living in flocks, often up to 800 individuals. However, they are most often seen in pairs, as they form a mating bond for life.
The female makes a small nest. She lays 4-6 eggs.
The average lifespan is 10-15 years.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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