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Black-winged Lovebird - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Abyssinian Lovebird

Photo by Mike Pennington
Axum, Ethiopia, July 2003
Agapornis taranta


16cm (6 in)

  • Green overall plumage
  • Black tipped tail
  • Yellow undertail
  • Light green rump
  • Black primaries and wing-coverts
  • Red bill
  • Grey feet

Male has red forehead and red eyering.

Photo by eliasbayou
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2010


Eastern Africa: found in Ethiopia and Eritrea.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Highland forests, particularly with juniper.



The diet includes seeds. berries (especially juniper berries) and fruit such as figs.


Photo by rdavis
Bishangari Lodge, Lake Langano, Ethiopia, January 2015

They nest in a tree cavites, holes in walls and weaver's nests. The 3-4 white eggs are incubated by the female for 23 days. The young fledge about 45 days after hatching.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2015)
  4. Wikipedia

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