Black-Cheeked Lovebird


The black-cheeked lovebird has distinctive markings, including mainly green plumage, an orange patch on the breast, a brown head and black face, and a white ring around the eye. This species is a fairly small bird. While the black-cheeked lovebird is not commonly kept as a pet, in general, lovebirds are active, social birds that can be well-socialized. They are uncommon in aviculture and currently are uncommonly kept as pets.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Lovebirds seem to love tearing up paper, and when kept indoors and the mating season is year-round, their desire to tear up paper can be constant. Providing safe shredding materials allows a good outlet for them. They can be quite vocal. Fruits and vegetables should be a part of their diet.

Expert Advice

“What they lack in size, they make up for with their sweet and loving personalities.”

Carolyn Punola, Parrot Addiction Aviary LLC, Flanders, New Jersey

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Southwest Zambia
5 to 5.5 inches
Life Expectancy:
10 to 15 years, although not well documented in captivity
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability:
Low talking ability; may learn some tricks