IN time for Valentine’s Day, a wildlife park is debuting a flock of Lovebirds.

Cotswold Wildlife Park is introducing Black-Cheeked Lovebirds – believed to be Africa’s most endangered parrot.

Social and affectionate, the name 'Lovebird' comes from the parrots' strong monogamous pair bonding and the long periods which the birds spend sitting closely together.

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Europeans were first introduced to them in the early twentieth century, when the birds were trapped.

A Zambian trade ban was implemented on wild-caught birds in 1930 and scientists now estimate there are fewer than 10,000 left in the wild.

Visitors to the park can see the new birds in their exhibit near the entrance of ‘Madagascar’.

They are one of three new bird species to join the park, with the Western Moustached Laughing Thrush and Red-Billed Blue Magpie also on show.