The yellow-collared lovebird may be one of the most beautiful lovebirds in the world and also one of the most adored around the world. Whoever has it in their home knows that they have an inseparable companion.
What is the origin of this bird?
Its name comes from the Greek word agape, which means love, and ornis, which means bird. Therefore, this bird is commonly called the bird of love. Others have called it the masked bird or the blackhead.
It was discovered in Tanzania around 1887, where it lived in groups of about 30 agapornis. Its habitat extends throughout the savannah, living the trees of the area. Its beauty made that very soon the lovers of the care of the birds decided to begin to breed it.
It is one of the smallest loveebirds that exists, as its average size is between 12.5 and 15 cm. Due to the different mutations it has received during the breeding period there are many variants of bluish tones, of a pale grey tone or with a violet tone.
The major characteristic of this bird is the blackish color, or almost blackish brownish tone, on its head, with each of its eyes surrounded by a large white ring, which makes it appear to be wearing a mask. Its small beak is a bright red color that contrasts with the rest of the head.
In the case of his body, and his neck and upper chest have a yellowish tone, although sometimes this may be of an orange tone. Its legs are firm and strong, greyish in colour, so that it can easily land on the bars of the cage or on the hangers in the cage. Its wings are also quite strong and allow it to fly at high speed for quite some time.
In terms of its character, it is one of the most affectionate lovebirds there is if it has gained confidence with its owner, but with other birds can become a problem because of its territorial nature.
You’re going to take care of a lovebird, what do you have to know?
First of all, in case you want this bird to have a cage mate, this must be the female that will be your partner. Unfortunately his violent and territorial character makes him terribly violent when he is around another male, so you have to be very careful with who you are in the cage with him. Especially during the breeding season they will become more violent.
In spite of this small “temperament”, it is a very affectionate and loving animal with its partner and also with its owners. It is the kind of bird that can be taught to do some tricks, as it is quite playful and likes to do new things. Your food should always be made up of high quality seeds, although you can also give him some pieces of fruit and vegetables without any fear.
Getting him out of the cage to stretch his wings will never be a problem, as long as he gets used to eating once he is inside the cage. It will explore the house and at first you may be struck by something, but don’t worry, as you will gradually get used to the room and be able to move around it better. A small detail to keep in mind is that males are more sociable than females, so you will have to have a little more patience with them before letting them out of the cage.
In the case of taking good care of it, it is a rather long-lived species, since some have reached 15 years of life, being one of the breeds of lovebirds that can live longer in captivity.