Conserving Lillian Lovebird in Liwonde National Park, Malawi

Lillian's Lovebird

Implemented by: Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi (WESM)/Tiwonge Mzumara

Funding: Good Gifts Catalogue (through BirdLife International) and other sources

Project duration: June 2011 to (ongoing)

Lilian’s Lovebird Agapornis lilianae is a Near Threatened bird species occurring in the central southern Africa, including Malawi. It occurs in large flocks and associates with montane woodlands where birds feed and roost. In Malawi, the species is mainly known from Liwonde National Park where about 1000 individuals have been estimated.

Hunting is one of the main threats facing Lilian’s Lovebird.

The objective of this project is to assess the status of the Lilian’s Lovebird in the park and to reduce the current hunting pressure.

The following activities are being undertaken:

  1. Conducting transect walks, drive transects and water-hole counts to assist in estimating current population and distribution of the lovebirds.
  2. Visiting community gardens around the park to assess hunting grounds and to create awareness in the local community about Lilian’s Lovebird.
  3. Radio transmitters fitted on individual lovebirds to collect data on movement.
  4. Mapping of hunting grounds.
  5. Collecting base information on breeding and feeding ecology.