Yellow-collared Lovebird

About the Yellow-collared Lovebird
Also known as: Masked Lovebird, Eye Ring Lovebird
Yellow-collared Lovebird

The Yellow-collared Lovebird is a small species of parrot native to northeastern Tanzania. They are also found in neighboring Burundi and Kenya.

Yellow-collared Lovebirds are known for the large white ring around each of their eyes, giving the birds the appearance of wearing a mask. In fact, they are also known as Masked Lovebirds or Eye Ring Lovebirds.

The Yellow-collared Lovebird is one of the smaller species of lovebird. Their diet is mainly seed with fresh fruit and vegetables.

The conservation status for the Yellow-collared Lovebird is Least Concern. They are traditionally popular in aviculture, and certain mutations of this species are among the oldest in the pet trade.

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Details & Statistics


The Yellow-collared Lovebird is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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