Lilian’s Lovebird


Lilian’s Lovebird 14 cm; 28–37 g. Similar to A. fischeri without blue upper tail-coverts, and with reddish-pink extending from the foreheadaround the eye to chin and throat, orange-green on rest of crown. Immature has blackish ear-coverts.

Systematics History

Sometimes regarded as conspecific with A. nigrigenis, and also on occasion with A. fischeri and A. personatus; perhaps best considered to form a species-group with all three. Monotypic.

Lilian's Lovebird

Subspecies

Monotypic.

Distribution

Isolated populations in S Tanzania, NW Mozambique and Malawi (S end of L Malombe), and SE Zambia along middle R Zambezi to N Zimbabwe, where patchy; in NE Zambia possibly introduced. Records of escaped individuals in S Namibia.

Habitat

Strong association with mopane (Colophospermum mopane) woodland in S of range, but also occurs in belts of Acacia on alluvium, riparian forest, and at fig trees in N; presence in S Tanzania probably linked to areas of Acacia woodland. Avoids miombo (Brachystegia) woodland in Zambia.

Movement

Apparently sedentary.

Lilian's Lovebird

Diet and Foraging

Grass seeds including Hyparrhenia, millet and wild rice (Oryza perennis) and various others in low vlei areas; flowers and/or seeds or fruit of Acacia albidaErythrophleum africanumVitex duamiana and wild mango (Cordyla africana).

Lilian’s Lovebird 🦜 Nyasa Lovebird 🦜 the smallest parrot on mainland Africa

SOURCE: Amazing Planet!

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

The commonest vocalization is a screechy “krreek” or a disyllabic “chi-reek!”. When perched, utters a wide variety of chirruping and screechy notes. Large flocks maintain a continuous twittering. No clear differences with A. fischeriA.personatus, and A. nigrigenis.

Breeding

Jan–Mar and Jun–Jul in Zambia; possibly lays Jan and Feb in Malawi; 4 young, 2 well-grown and 2 much younger, in Apr, Zimbabwe. Nest a roofed structure in crevices in mopane trees and perhaps old nests of White-billed Buffalo-weavers (Bubalornis albirostris). In captivity: 3–8 eggs; incubation c. 22 days; nestling period 44 days.

Lilian’s lovebird at play

SOURCE: MrRoverpilot

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. Common in most of the range. Common in large flocks at the only site, Malawi; often in large flocks, Zambia. Very common locally, and overall population not large and susceptible to over trapping, Zimbabwe. Locally common, Mozambique.


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