French: Travailleur à bec rouge German: Blutschnabelweber Spanish: Quelea común
India; error = Senegal
Subspecies and Distribution
Q. q. quelea
(Linnaeus, 1758) – S Mauritania, W & N Senegal, Gambia, C Mali, Burkina Faso, SW & S Niger, N Nigeria, Cameroon, SC Chad and N Central African Republic.
Q. q. aethiopica
(Sundevall, 1850) – S Sudan, E South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea S to NE DRCongo, Uganda, Kenya, C & E Tanzania and NW & S Somalia.
Q. q. lathamii
(A. Smith, 1836) – SW Gabon, S Congo, Angola (except NE and arid coastal SW), S DRCongo and R Congo mouth, Zambia, Malawi and W Mozambique S to Namibia (except coastal desert) and C, S & E South Africa.
12 cm; 15–26 g. Small, short-tailed weaver. Male nominate race breeding shows considerable variation in extent of black and white on forehead and crown; most commonly... read more
Male song in short bursts, with preliminary chatter, a warbling section "tweedle toodle tweedle",... read more
Most abundant in semi-arid habitats, including dry thornveld and bushed grassland, visiting... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily grass and cereal seeds, collected both when on the plant and from ground; also insects. Prefers seeds 2 x 1 mm in size;... read more
Season mainly Aug–Nov in W Africa, and Jun–Sept in Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia; in DRCongo, Sept in E and Jan–May in S;... read more
Apparently resident in some areas, but large-scale movements occur throughout range. In W Africa (... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Considered one of the most abundant wild bird species in world. Peak post-breeding population estimated at c. 1,500,000,000 individuals. Aerial... read more
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