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Black-collared Lovebird

 (Agapornis swindernianus)

Also known as: Swindern's Lovebird, Liberian Lovebird

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Illustration of Black-collared Lovebird
© Edward Lear [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Black-collared Lovebird is an arboreal termitaria nester (it nests in termite mounds in trees.)

Academic Research

Related publications: Agapornis swindernianus

Species Profile

Genus: Agapornis | Species: swindernianus

Size:

13cm (5 in)

Weight:

39-41g (1.3-1.4 oz)

Races including nominate:

three: A.s. swindernianus, A.s. zenkeri, A.s. emini

Colour Adult:

A.s. swindernianus: Both adults mostly green; nuchal collar narrow and black; dull yellow neck below collar; deep lilac/blue lower back to upper tail coverts; black primary coverts; black primary and outer secondary feathers; green underwing coverts; green tail, with red lateral feathers at base and banded with black before tip. Bill grey/black. Eye yellow.
A.s. zenkeri: Both adults neck red/brown below black collar, reaching to breast as wash.
A.s. emini: Both adults as in zenkeri, but less far reaching red/brown on neck and breast.

Colour Juvenile:

A.s. swindernianus: Black nuchal collar missing; paler blue lower back to upper tail coverts; dull orange lateral tail feathers at base. Bill pale grey with black at base. Eye brown.
A.s. zenkeri: Neck entirely green with black nuchal collar absent; otherwise as in swindernianus.
A.s. emini: As in zenkeri.

Call:

Calls are subdued and twittering. Some are rapidly repeated and shrill. Loud screeches when alarmed.

More Information:

AvianWeb
Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

Click photo to visit gallery

Illustration of Black-collared Lovebird
© Edward Lear [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Black-collared Lovebird is an arboreal termitaria nester (it nests in termite mounds in trees.)

Academic Research

Related publications: Agapornis swindernianus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not generally found in aviculture.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Enclosure or aviary, indoors or outdoors if in warm climate, minimum length 1.2m (4 ft).

Diet:

Small seed mixture, containing mainly canary, millet and oats with a little hemp in cold weather; fruits such as: apple, pear, and others if taken; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, kale, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; willow catkins; spray millet; rearing food made from: hardboiled egg, wholegrain bread and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency, to be given when rearing young; complete kibble for lovebirds.

Enrichment:

Not recorded.

Nest Box Size:

Not recorded.

Clutch Size:

Not recorded.

Incubation Time:

Not recorded.

Fledging Age:

Not recorded.

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Click photo to visit gallery

Illustration of Black-collared Lovebird
© Edward Lear [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Black-collared Lovebird is an arboreal termitaria nester (it nests in termite mounds in trees.)

Academic Research

Related publications: Agapornis swindernianus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Population appears stable.

Range:

A.s. swindernianus: Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
A.s. zenkeri: C Africa from southern Cameroon to Gabon and east to W Democratic Republic of Congo and SW Central African Republic.
A.s. emini: C Democratic Republic of Congo to far W Uganda.

Habitat:

Found up to 1800m (5904 ft) in lowland evergreen rainforest, both primary and secondary forest, and occasionally in cultivated areas.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on fig Ficus seeds, millet, maize and other seeds, insects and their larvae.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Stays up in forest canopy, mainly in tree tops where birds are very difficult to spot. Forms communal roosts at dusk sites that are re-visited frequently. Generally seen in small flocks of 20 or more birds.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not recorded.

Breeding Season:

Probably July.

Related Links:

Wikipedia

Click photo to visit gallery

Illustration of Black-collared Lovebird
© Edward Lear [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Black-collared Lovebird is an arboreal termitaria nester (it nests in termite mounds in trees.)

Academic Research

Related publications: Agapornis swindernianus

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