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Red-headed Quelea | Quelea erythrops

The Red-headed 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-headed Quelea (Latin name Quelea erythrops) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Quelea erythrops can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 822 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1024. You will find a picture of the Red-headed Quelea on page 1009.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

Neither the Latin nor the Engish name for this bird has been affected by recent nomenclature modifications ? these changes have been incorporated into Robert's 7th Edition where appropriate.

The Red-headed Quelea has a height of 11 cms and weighs around 20 gms. The head is coloured red while the bill is coloured brown. The Quelea erythrops has a orange coloured throat, pink legs and a red coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Quelea erythrops has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is red

Eyes are brown

Bill is brown

Legs are pink

Throat is orange

Back is red

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Red-headed Quelea is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

The Quelea erythrops forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.

The Red-headed Quelea is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is found in the African bushveld

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

It is also seen in flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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