Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Black-winged Lovebird (Agapornis taranta)


French: Inséparable d’Abyssinie German: Tarantapapagei Spanish: Inseparable abisinio

Psittacus taranta


, 1814,

Pass of Taranta, Ethiopia


Proposed race nanus (from SW Ethiopia) purportedly smaller-billed and with shorter wing, but generally not accepted. Birds at higher altitudes are somewhat larger, but not subspecifically recognized. Monotypic.


Highlands of Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Descriptive notes

16 cm; 49–66 g. Bright green with red bill, forehead and eye-ring; tail feathers marked yellow and barred black; flight-feathers and underwing-coverts black. Female... read more


Commonest vocalization a rising disyllabic “ksilee!”. When perched, vocabulary is more extensive,... read more


Chiefly a highland bird, with optimal habitat, based on frequency, juniper-Podocarpus and... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds; berries, e.g. junipers (Juniperus); and fruits, e.g. figs (Ficus).


Possibly every month, Mar–Nov. Nest in tree trunk or branch, holes in walls and possibly weavers' nests, lined with vegetation... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Widespread and more frequently seen in 1989 than previously, perhaps owing to a reduction in roadside sales for the pet trade. Present in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Black-winged Lovebird (Agapornis taranta). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 March 2018).