Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Black-collared Lovebird (Agapornis swindernianus)


French: Inséparable à collier noir German: Grünköpfchen Spanish: Inseparable acollarado

Psittacus Swindernianus


, 1820,



Original description contained dual spellings of species name; present spelling selected by First Reviser#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. s. swindernianus (Kuhl, 1820) – patchily distributed in Sierra Leone#R, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
  • A. s. zenkeri Reichenow, 1895 – S Cameroon and Gabon E to SW Central African Republic and W DRCongo.
  • A. s. emini Neumann, 1908 – C & E DRCongo E to extreme W Uganda.
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm, 39–41 g. Head green, with narrow black hind-collar and yellow neck; rump deep blue; rest of upperparts dark green with blackish flight-feathers; outer tail... read more


    Not well documented. Commonest vocalization a shrill disyllabic “sri-leee”. When perched, makes a... read more


    Mature and secondary lowland and gallery forest, 700–1200 m, particularly favouring fig trees... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fig seeds, especially from stranglers, and the fruit of Rauwolfia, Harungana and Macaranga, and ripe maize on... read more


    Nestlings Jan–Feb in Gabon. No other information, though nesting in E Zaire and Uganda likely in Jul.


    Flock sizes larger in dry season, Gabon, but no evidence of migration.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally reported as rare or uncommon except in Gabon, where common; this perhaps reflects observer activity and sensitization to the... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Black-collared Lovebird (Agapornis swindernianus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 9 December 2019).