Do you want to meet one of the best species of agapornis on the planet? The black-collared lovebird, also known as acollarado, is one of the most beautiful of the nine subspecies in the world of this breed. Without a doubt, a bird that everyone would like to have in their home.
What is known about this bird?
Although it is not well known at what point the species emerged, it appears to originate in the rainforests of the Congo, despite the fact that very few specimens have been seen in the wild. They might as well be a bird that might as well be considered extinct.
The motive? Very few of this species have been seen in the wild and in captivity it is very difficult to breed them because of their diet, which is based especially on figs, which prevents them from being reared well in an aviary or in a domestic environment, so no breeder has been successful.
What’s this bird like?
It is a small bird, reaching 13 centimeters when it is an adult. The base color of this bird is green, but it has a very characteristic black necklace that is what gives it the name of black-collared.
The tail feathers also have greenish tones, but the side feathers have a red stripe, while the tail feathers have a bluish-violet strip. Its beak is grey and quite curved, more than the rest of lovebirds. Its iris is usually yellow and its legs, unlike those of other species mates, are green.
In contrast to other species of lovebirds, which are easy to differentiate the male from the female, in this case there is no sexual dimorphism, so you have to look at the bones of the pelvis to know which is the female and which is the male. In young men, both sexes are very similar to males, with a lighter feather tone that darkens as they grow older.
Could you keep this bird in captivity?
It is true that many lovebirds are kept in captivity without any problem and these can have a fairly long life. But, for the misfortune of lovers of this bird with the black-collared lovebird is completely impossible.
The breeders who have tried it have never managed to keep this bird alive in captivity for more than half a year and without any signs of reproduction. Furthermore, it cannot be exported from Africa as its food is mainly based on figs from Africa, which are quite expensive and very difficult to find as they are 30 metres below the ground. This makes her an impossible bird to keep in a cage.
Furthermore, it is a bird that does not adapt well to life in captivity, even if this is done when they are young. They do not like to be locked up and the special nature of their food makes it impossible to raise them in an aviary. This makes finding them completely impossible, and as fewer and fewer of these birds are seen in the wild, their export has begun to be banned in some countries for fear that the breed may disappear.