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Lilian's Lovebird
Agapornis lilianae

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Inseparable del Nyasa


Description Lilian's Lovebird

Ilustración Inseparable del Nyasa

14 cm.. length and a weight between 28 and 37 g..

The colorful plumage of Nyasa small Inseparable (Agapornis lilianae) may cause their extinction, as it faces the constant threat of capture for the cage bird trade.

They have forecrown, fore crown, lores and cheeks brick red, merging with an orange and yellow-green wash on the back of the crown, ear-coverts, sides neck and nape, but occasionally (including samples taken in Malawi and unlikely to be hybrids with the Black-cheeked Lovebird (Agapornis nigrigenis)) brick red is replaced by dark crimson and orange by dark brown.

Mantle and scapulars bright green, rump and uppertail-coverts, Also bright green, but lighter. Upper, wing-coverts bright green; sometimes in yellow alula; vane outside of primaries and secondaries green; vane blackish internal. Under, the wing-coverts green with some blue feathers; bottoms of the flight feather blackish. Throat and top of the chest orange-red to pink salmon; bottom of the chest up to the undertail- coverts light green. The tail green, except central feathers with orange-red base and subterminal band dark.

Bill coral red; cere white; irises brown; eye ring white (2mm wide); legs pale grey.

Both sexes similar.

Immature and adults, but in black suffusion ear-coverts and black marks on the basis of upper jaw.

Habitat Lilian's Lovebird

The Lilian's Lovebird It is in groves mopane (Colophospermum mopane) and acacias in alluvial deposits and banks of river valleys, in general, below the 1.000 m, preferring areas with figs. Avoid trees miombo.

Very sociable and usually observed in noisy flocks of 20 to 100 birds, sometimes many more, especially when food is plentiful. The birds are not breeding, forman communal roosts in hollow trees, where between 4 and 20 sleeping birds clinging to the walls of the chamber.

Before settling in the place of descando, the Lilian's Lovebird They engaged, to a great extent, to engage in fights and chases.

Reproduction Lilian's Lovebird

Reproduction colonies.

The nest it is a bulky dome-shaped structure with a tube-shaped entrance built from strips of bark, branches and stems brought to the nest by females at the peak.

They build nests in the cavities of trees Mopane, sometimes in some nest of the White-billed Buffalo-Weaver (Bubalornis albirostris).

Wild birds Lundazi nest in the eaves of buildings. the brood, according to sources, It takes place in the months of January and February (birds possibly introduced), September in Zimbabwe and between January and July Zambia.

The laying you can have between 3 and 8 eggs in captivity.

Food Lilian's Lovebird

The diet Lilian's Lovebird It is mainly composed of grass seeds, including Rice perennial and cultivated varieties like millet (particularly unripe) and the sorghum, also seeds acacias, flowers A. whitish, African Erythrophleum, Vitex duamiana and African Cordyla, berries and leaf buds.

The food is collected directly from plants and soil. Often they need to drink, so usually they live near water sources.


Size of the area of distribution (reproduction / resident): 129.000 km2

Several populations Lilian's Lovebird separated on a restricted area in the southeast africa.

They are distributed in the middle of the valley Zambezi River, from the top of Lake Kariba around East of Binga to province Head in Mozambique, in northern and southern belt Zambezi River, below the 1.000 m, including valleys Angwa and Hunyani in Zimbabwe and valleys Lunsemfwa and Sash in Zambia.

In Northeast Zambia, It is also located north of valle de Luangwa, seemingly isolated from the valley Zambezi River, where possibly they were imported.

In Malawi, There is an isolated population of Inseparable the Nyasa located in forests Mopane in the region of the Lake Malombe, to the South of the Lake Malawi. There is also dispersed populations in southern Tanzania.

Wild birds are believed to exist (at least in the past) in the District of Choma and Mazabuka, to the South of Zambia. Aves on al Namibia are escapes from.

generally common, in some places abundant, but probably overall decline due to habitat loss, for example, in the basin of the Lake Kariba.

Apparently they are sedentary, but you can make local movements in response to the food supply.

There is a large number of Lilian's Lovebird in captivity.



• Current Red List of UICN: Near threatened

• Population trend: Decreasing

The population of the Lilian's Lovebird It is suspected of being in decline due to predation by invasive species and unsustainable levels of exploitation.

Its population has been greatly reduced by the flooding of much of the valley Zambezi by the Lake Kariba, and probably also by the dam Cahorra Low in Mozambique.

They considered a pest, small-scale, by farmers (Harrison et al. 1997). Besides the captura legal large quantities for the international trade in cage birds (more than 10.000 from 1981 when it began to be mentioned in the CITES Appendix II), many are caught and sold locally Mozambique, and the species is also caught and sold in Zimbabwe and Zambia (V. Parker in little . 2003, UNEP-WCMC CITES Trade Database, January 2005).

Conservation Actions Underway:

    – Conduct surveys to obtain an overall estimate of the population.
    – Monitor population trends through regular surveys.
    – Control or stop the capture and trade in order to prevent overfishing.

This species is well studied in South Africa “Research Project” driven by “Research Centre for Parrot Conservation” University of KwaZulu-Natal. Studies to better understand its ecology and conservation.

The Inseparable from the Nyasa in captivity

They were imported to Europe 1926.

Rarely seen among breeders and many crossed with Fischer's Lovebird (Agapornis fischeri).

The Lilian's Lovebird son aves gregarias, that coexist very well in Cologne. They have a character quite scary because not very frequent, they have not yet become very familiar with the human being, but once caught enough confidence spend the day making a racket.

You can keep an aviary with Black-cheeked Lovebird (Agapornis nigrigenis).

They are birds something else complicated to create than other varieties Lovebird, are birds more timid and therefore need more peace of mind, plus the percentage of egg fertility in this species is a 40 % to 60 %.

Apparently they have problems to survive the first moult, so in this case it is recommended to acquire and adults.

With regard to its longevity, according to sources, a specimen lived 19,2 years in captivity.

Alternative names:

Nyasa Lovebird, Black-cheeked Lovebird, Nyassa Lovebird (English).
Inséparable de Lilian, Inséparable de Liliane, Inséparable liliane, Inséparable nyasa (French).
Erdbeerköpfchen (German).
Inseparável do Niassa, Inseparável-de-niassa (Portuguese).
Inseparable del Nyasa, Inseparable Liliana, Agapornis Lilianae (español).

scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Lovebirds
Scientific name: Agapornis lilianae
Citation: Shelley, 1894
Protonimo: Agapornis lilianae

Images Lilian's Lovebird

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Species of the genus Agapornis

Lilian's Lovebird (Agapornis lilianae)


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(1) – Lilian’s Lovebird at South Luangwa Valley National Park, Zambia © Hans Hillewaert/, via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – Three Agapornis lilianae birds By derivative work: Snowmanradio (talk)Agapornis_lilianae.jpg: Wessel van der Veen (Agapornis_lilianae.jpg) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(3) – Agapornis lilianae green D (Jade) By Gonzalo Blanco – Linx
(4) – A perched bird By Paul van Giersbergen – Lynx
(5) – Pair By Philip Perry – Lynx
(6) – Illustration by Ibis 1894

Sounds: Derek Solomon (Xeno-canto)

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