Yellow-collared Lovebird 13–15 cm; 43–47 g. Head blackish brown with red bill and white eye-ring; breast yellow extending as collar onto nape; belly, wings and tail green, all but central tail feathers can be subterminally marked in orange and black but individually variable. Immature duller on the head.
Sometimes regarded as conspecific with A. fischeri, but the two do not interbreed where naturally sympatric (although were introduced at L Naivasha and a few other highland sites in Kenya, these two taxa have formed stable hybrids); on occasion lumped also with A. lilianae and A. nigrigenis; perhaps best considered to form a species-group with all three. Monotypic.
N & C Tanzania. No evidence of natural occurrence in Kenya, although the ecological barrier is unclear, and feral populations exist in Kenya (Mombasa, Nairobi, and L Naivasha), as well as in Tanzania (Tanga and Dar es Salaam), some mixed and hybridizing with A. fischeri. Overlaps with A. fischeri in N Tanzania (from S of L Manyara S to Babati).
Well-wooded bushland, Acacia thorn scrub, especially with scattered baobabs Adansonia, to which particularly partial, at 1100–1800 m. Avoids miombo woodland.
Diet and Foraging
Diet is very poorly known. Seeds of grasses and millet are recorded, and feral birds eat Cassia seeds and those of weeds on lawns.
Sounds and Vocal Behavior
Commonest vocalization is a screechy “krreek” or a disyllabic “chi-reek!”. When perched, utters a wide variety of chirruping and screechy notes, also more squeaky and nasal notes. Large flocks maintain continuous twittering. No clear differences with A. fischeri, A. lilianae, and A. nigrigenis.
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Mar, Apr, Jun, Jul, and Aug, i.e. mainly in dry months. Nest a bulky structure of long stalks and strips of bark, in cavities of trees, especially Adansonia; feral populations use eaves and apertures used by other urban birds. In captivity: 3–8 eggs; incubation, by female only, c. 23 days; nestling period c. 44 days.
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Not globally threatened. CITES II. Locally common, and generally fairly so. Recorded from Tarangire (common) and Ruaha National Parks. The hybrid population at Lake Naivasha comprised some 6000 individuals in 1986.
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