IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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The Black-winged Lovebird (A. taranta) is endemic to the highlands of Ethiopia, where it may be common in montane forests (it is relatively uncommon in lower altitude savanna). These birds are usually observed in small flocks of 8 to 20 at the tops of taller trees. They roost communally in tree cavities (often an old woodpecker or barbet nest). They feed largely on tree fruits, including Ficus figs and juniper berries.  Large numbers are captured for the cagebird trade and many are in captivity outside their range. In captivity, these lovebirds occasionally rest upside down. Captive females have been observed carrying nesting material tucked into almost any part of their plumage. This is the only lovebird known to use its own feathers in nest construction.

(Collar 1997 and references therein; Juniper and Parr 1998 and references therein)


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