Sometimes placed with Q. cardinalis in a separate genus, Queleopsis. Has hybridized with Q. quelea in captivity. S populations described as race viniceps, but validity uncertain; although morphological criteria for recognition minimal, timing of moult and breeding suggests possible separation of N & S populations; further study required. Treated as monotypic.
SW Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Mali (Niger floodplain) E to Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, W & NE DRCongo, S South Sudan, SW Ethiopia and Kenya, and S to São Tomé, Gabon, SW Congo and inland along R Congo and R Ubangi, NW Angola, Zambia, Malawi, SE Mozambique and E coastal South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal). Occasional in NE Namibia and N Botswana (Caprivi Strip) and on Zimbabwean side of R Zambezi.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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