Parrots (Psittacidae)

Yellow-collared Lovebird (Agapornis personatus) - HBW 4, p. 410

French: Inséparable masqué German: Schwarzköpfchen Spanish: Inseparable Cabecinegro
Other common names: Masked/Black-masked Lovebird

Taxonomy: Agapornis personata Reichenow, 1887, Serian, Tanzania.
Sometimes regarded as conspecific with A. fischeri, with which it does not, however, interbreed where naturally sympatric, although where introduced at L Naivasha and a few other highland sites in Kenya these two taxa have formed stable hybrids; also on occasion lumped with A. lilianae and A. nigrigenis; perhaps best considered to form superspecies with all three. Monotypic.

Distribution: Tanzania. No evidence of natural occurrence in Kenya, although ecological barrier unclear and feral populations exist in Mombasa (now apparently hybridizing with A. fischeri), as well as in Tanga and Dar es Salaam. Overlaps with A. fischeri from S of Lake Manyara to Babati.

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