Among my favorite birds, they are the smallest parrots on the African mainland
They nest in cavity of trees like mopanes and acacias close to water. Monogamous, they like however to stay in small groups.
They spend time foraging the ground eating grass, fruit and seeds.
They were named Lilan’s lovebird from the beloved Lilian Sclater when her husband describes first the birds in the late 1980’s
They have been declining due to the flood in the Zambezi Valley to make the artificial Kariba Lake. Considered as a « pledge » by some small farmers they were intensively poisoned. Moreover the poachers have also poisoned quantity of mammals killing the love birds at the same time.
Many are captured for the international trade as well as with countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.