Agapornis swindernianus – Black-collared Lovebird

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Black-collared Lovebird - Agapornis swindernianus (Kuhl, 1820) - is a small African parrot with a predominantly green plumage. It is widespread in several African countries around the equator.

They hide in the top of the trees and are quite shy. Often seen in small flocks of up to 20 birds.

They are extremely rare in captivity as their food is based on seeds, fruit and berries from local trees and shrubs and they do not flourish without them.

It is listed on CITES Appendix II.


Mostly green with black-collared nape. The chest has a lighter green and the wings a darker green color.

The top of the chest is reddish-brown. The iris is yellow. The beak is dark gray or black.

Male and female are similar.

Size: approx. 13.5 cm


Central and western Africa. The three subspecies live in the following regions:

  • Agapornis swindernianus swindernianus (Kuhl, 1820) - Patchily distributed in Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
  • Agapornis swindernianus emini (Neumann, 1908) - Lowland forests of central and eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and western Uganda.
  • Agapornis swindernianus zenkeri (Reichenow, 1895) - Cameroon to Gabon, southern Central African Republic and western Democratic Republic of the Congo.


  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittaculidae
  • Genus: Agapornis


  • Danish: Grønhovedet Dværgpapegøje
  • English: Black-collared Lovebird, Swindern's Lovebird
  • French: Inséparable à collier, Inséparable à collier noir, Inséparable du Libéria
  • German:  Grünköpchen
  • Portuguese: Inseparável-acollarado
  • Spanish Inseparable Acollarado, Inseparable de Cuello Negro

IUCN Red List

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The main part of their diet is based on certain native fig seed or fig flesh. 

They also eat millet, corn and other seeds as well as insects and larvae.


Black-collared Lovebird require certain native fig seed or fig flesh as a basis of their daily diet - they do not thrive well without these. For this reason they are rarely kept in captivity.