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Black-collared Lovebird
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Agapornis swindernianus swindernianus
Information
Common Name Swindern's Lovebird
Range Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Republic of the Congo and Uganda.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Psittacoidea
Family Psittaculidae
Agapornithinae
Genus Agapornis
Species Agapornis swindernianus
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Black-collared lovebird (Agapornis swindernianus), also known as Swindern's lovebird, is a species of small, 13.5 cm (5 in) long, parrot in the Psittaculidae family. It is a mostly green parrot with black band on the back of its neck, and a dark greyish-black bill. Both sexes are similar. It is rarely kept in captivity because of its dietary requirement for a native fig.

Taxonomy

There are three subspecies of the black-collared lovebird:

  • Agapornis swindernianus emini (Ituri Black-collared Lovebird or Emin's Lovebird): Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.
  • Agapornis swindernianus swindernianus: Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana
  • Agapornis swindernianus zenkeri (Cameroon Black-collared Lovebird): Cameroon, Gabon and Congo

The black-collared lovebird was discovered by Heinrich Kuhl in 1820. The name commemorates the Dutch professor, Theodore van Swinderen of University of Groningen.

Description

It is a mostly green parrot with black-collared nape, brownish red chest, greyish black bill, yellow iris and grey feet. Both sexes are similar.

Distribution and Habitat

The black-collared lovebird is distributed across a wide range in equatorial Africa. It inhabits the forests of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Republic of the Congo and Uganda. They hide high in the forest canopy and are characterized as being very shy.

Status

It is rare in some parts of its range. The range is so large that the population is difficult to estimate, but it is believed that the population is not under significant threat. The black-collared lovebird is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Aviculture

Black-collared lovebirds are rarely kept in captivity or as pets. They require certain native fig seed or fig flesh as a basis of their daily diet, and without these vital dietary necessities they do not normally thrive or breed well in captivity.

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