Red-billed Quelea

Red-billed Quelea grow to about 12.5 cm long and 15 to 20 g weight. During breeding the male is distinguished by its more colorful plumage and red bill. Breeding plumage in male queleas is unusually variable: comprising a facial mask which ranges from black to white in color, and breast and crown plumage which varies from yellowish to bright red. For the rest of the year male plumage resembles that of the female, which is a cryptic beige coloration. The female's bill is yellow during breeding, and red during the non-breeding season.

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The Red-billed Quelea is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Red-billed Quelea Travels in Huge Flocks and Destroys Crops - Share Article | Jul 2, 2007 Rosemary Drisdelle Red-billed Quelea, African weavers, are so prolific that a flock can contain millions of birds and consume every grain crop in their path. More

The Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea) is the world's most abundant bird species (excluding domesticated species), with an estimated adult breeding population of 1.5 billion. It is a small passerine bird of the weaver family Ploceidae, native to sub-Saharan Africa. More

Red-billed queleas Quelea quelea are major pests of small-grain crops throughout sub-Saharan Africa. When conditions permit, birds breed in vast colonies which are targets for control operations. Queleas are intra-African long-distance migrants whose complex movements vary annually according to variations in rainfall patterns. An ability to forecast where and when colonies could be established will greatly improve the efficiency of control measures. We describe such a forecasting model for the southern African subspecies Q. q. lathamii. 2. More

Red-billed Quelea range records in the Western Cape, 2009 - More web pages about the quelea: Identification of the Red-billed Quelea Influx of the Red-billed Quelea Red-billed Quelea breeding near Worcester The Red-billed Quelea (hereafter quelea) has not occurred in the Western Cape historically, but in recent years has started expanding its range into this province. There is a single record of a flock of quelea at Zeekoievlei in 1946. More

The Red-billed Quelea was first described in 1758 by Linnaeus. He erroneously gave the origin of the species as India. In 1760 Brisson painted this species based on a specimen, probably from Senegal, and in 1766 Linnaeus corrected the type locality to Africa (later restricted to Senegal by Sclater). In 1760 the species was also illustrated by an English artist, Edwards, and called the Brasilian Sparrow. Edwards painted it from a living bird that he believed to come from Brazil or Angola. More

In Africa the Red-billed Quelea is considered a plague, but I some eyes (like mine) they are very beautiful little Birds. After studying this species a little more I discovered they actually appear in more than one standard coror. This phenomen is called polymorphism. To discover how far this variation goes it might be an idea to place some pics of 'different' Quelea here. More

significant species is Quelea quelea, the Red-billed Quelea of Africa, said to be the most numerous bird species in the world. References - 1. ^ Sekercioglu, Cagan Hakki (2006). "Foreword". in Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott & David Christie (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World, Volume 11: Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. p. 48. ISBN 84-96553-06-X. More

Flocks of Red-billed Quelea can reach thousands of birds. Red-billed Quelea grow to about 12.5 cm long and 15 to 20 g weight. During breeding the male is distinguished by its more colorful plumage and red bill. Breeding plumage in male queleas is unusually variable: comprising a facial mask which ranges from black to white in color, and breast and crown plumage which varies from yellowish to bright red. More

Red-billed QueleasThe Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea) is the world's most abundant bird species, with an estimated adult breeding population of 1.5 billion. It is a small passerine bird of the weaver family Ploceidae, native to sub-Saharan Africa. Characteristics Red-billed Quelea grow to about 12.5 cm long and 15 to 20 g weight. During breeding the male is distingushed by its more colorful plumage and red bill. More

Red-billed queleas are a kind of weaver bird and form flocks which can contain thousands of birds. Because seeds are a major part of their diet, these huge flocks can do considerable damage to fields of cereal crops. Watch video clips from past programmes (1 clip) - In order to see this content you need to have an up-to-date version of Flash installed and Javascript turned on. More

Red-billed quelea female in non-breeding plumage. Red-billed quelea male in breeding plumage, Mokala National Park, South Africa. Quelea quelea (Red-billed quelea) Massive Red-billed quelea flock. Distribution and habitat It is the most abundant wild bird on the planet, with an estimated population of 1. More

For the purposes of our bird news services, Red-billed Quelea is classed as ungraded: species which are unlikely to appear as wild birds in Britain or Ireland (Note that rarity levels are currently applied nationally and may not reflect local variations in abundance.) hide section Most recent photos of Red-billed Quelea (3) Mole NP, Northern, Ghana Mole NP, Northern, Ghana12/03/2009 Mole NP, Northern, Ghana 12/03/2009 Fleet, Hants Fleet, Hants20/05/2007 Fleet, Hants 20/05/2007 Amboseli N.P. More

The Red-billed Quelea is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Ploceidae bird family group which includes birds such as Weavers, Queleas, Windowbirds. The description for the Red-billed Quelea (Latin name Quelea quelea) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Quelea quelea can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 821 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1025. More

Red-billed quelea infestation Red-billed quelea infestation General information - The red-billed quelea (Quelea quelea) is a small finch native to Africa. They can form nomadic super-colonies of up to 30 million birds, feeding on grains such as ripe sorghum, wheat, barley, rice, sunflowers and corn. More

FORECASTING MOVEMENTS AND BREEDING OF THE RED-BILLED QUELEA BIRD IN SOUTHERN AFRICA; and standardised protocols for monitoring effects of quelea control on non-target organisms = - SUMMARY: A short-term forecasting model (now adopted and implemented by SADC) to predict movements and breeding of the Red-billed Quelea bird in southern Africa so as to enable better mobilisation and targeting of control resources by national and regional agencies; and methods for monitoring effects of Quelea control on the environment and More

(1) Are there two subspecies of Red-billed Quelea, Quelea quelea, in southern Africa? - P.J. Jones, M. Dallimer, R.A. Cheke & P.J. Mundy ... A paper on morphological studies of Quelea quelea in southern Africa providing evidence of only one subspecies there (Q. q. lathamii) and that the subspecies Q. q. spoliator described by Clancey is invalid. (Jones-subsp.pdf) Portable Document Format (2) Lack of genetic and plumage differentiation in the red-billed quelea Quelea quelea across a migratory divide in southern Africa. More

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Red-billed Queleas in a bakkie. More

picture of the Red-billed Quelea on page 1009. The Red-billed Quelea belongs to the family of birds classified as Ploceidae. According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Red-billed Quelea is also known by these other names: Common Quelea, Red-billed Weaver, Common Dioch, Black-faced Dioch, Sudan Dioch, Weaver Finch. More

The Red-billed Quelea is the specie most numerous in the wild. They are regarded in their native territory, the savannas and grasslands of Africa, as a pest. Despite their large numbers in the wild, in captivity it is rarely bred successfully. The Red-billed Quelea is a gregarious bird, leaving in very large flocks. They are nomadic birds with very predictable migratory patterns in some regions. At distance the large flocks, of thousand or even millions of individuals seem a massive dust storm. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Ploceidae
Genus : Quelea
Species : quelea
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)
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