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Specializing in Lovebirds

Abyssinian Lovebird

Agapornis taranta

Wild type hen (left), wild type male (right)

Known as the Black-winged Lovebird outside of North America, this sexually dimorphic species is found in central and eastern Ethiopia and southern Eritrea, where it inhabits high altitudes. The cock is mainly green, with a bright red forehead, which extends into a narrow ring around the eyes. The flight feathers are jet black and there is a black bar on the tail. The hen is green all over, darker on the back lacking the red and black markings of the cock. Although, more well-known than the Black-Cheeks, they are are still relatively uncommon, being one of the most difficult species to breed.