Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea) - HBW 15, p. 139
French: Travailleur à bec rouge
Spanish: Quelea Común
Other common names: Sudan/Pink-billed Quelea, Black-faced Quelea/Dioch
Taxonomy: Emberiza quelea Linnaeus, 1758, India; error = Senegal.
Has hybridized with Q. erythrops in captivity. Proposed race spoliator (described from KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa) is inseparable both morphologically and genetically from lathamii. Distribution of races difficult to state with accuracy; species has been recorded from all mainland countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and ranges listed below reflect areas where birds always likely to be found, and where breeding may occur; separation of races based partly on postulated independent movements of the three populations. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- quelea ( Linnaeus, 1758) - S Mauritania, W & N Senegal, Gambia, C Mali, N Burkina Faso, SW & S Niger, N Nigeria, N Cameroon, SC Chad and N Central African Republic.
- aethiopica ( Sundevall, 1850) - W, C & E Sudan, Ethiopia and W Eritrea S to NE DRCongo, Uganda, Kenya, C & E Tanzania and NW & S Somalia.
- lathamii ( A. Smith, 1836) - SW Gabon, S PRCongo, 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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 20 videos
A group togheter with Northern Red Bishop drinking at a pond. Locality Wassu, Central River Division, The Gambia (ssp quelea)
Yoel Jimenez 8 November 2014 1 year ago 26 sec 4.4
A bird on a spike 1 Locality Fathala Forest, Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 6 years ago 22 sec 4.3
A bird between two other birds Locality Fathala Forest, Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 6 years ago 11 sec 4.1
Birds swarming at dusk near a small dam. Locality Ongava Lodge, Ongava Game Reserve, Etosha National Park, Namibia (ssp lathamii)
Doug and Denise Norris 15 August 2000 2 years ago 1 min 17 sec 4
2 birds perching Locality Bansang, Central River Division, The Gambia (ssp quelea)
Daniêl Jimenez 28 December 2011 4 years ago 20 sec 4
1 bird, winter plumage Locality Fathala Forest, Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 6 years ago 13 sec 4
PhotosSee all 22 photos
Red-billed Queleas coming to a waterhole for a drink chasing an African Elephant away.
Locality Tsavo East National Park, Kenya
Antero Topp 1 October 2010 3 years ago 4.7
Flock of flying birds partly obscure a Kob antelope.
Locality Uganda (ssp aethiopica)
Pete Morris 13 August 2006 2 years ago 4.6
A bird perched on a grilling
Locality Djibouti (ssp aethiopica)
Frederic Pelsy 29 March 2008 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.5
Locality Faraba Banta Bush Track, Faraba Banta, Western Division, The Gambia
Paul Cools 17 February 2014 2 years ago 4.3
A perched bird
Locality Janjanbureh (Georgetown), Central River Division, The Gambia
Paul van Giersbergen 29 April 2014 37 weeks ago 4.3
A male on a branch
Locality Mkuze, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp lathamii)
Guy Poisson 5 November 2012 3 years ago 4.2