Flock of red-billed quelea flying

Red-billed quelea

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.

Did you know?
with an adult breeding population numbering billions red-billed quelea are the world's most numerous wild bird.

Scientific name: Quelea quelea

Rank: Species

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Red-billed quelea taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Red-billed quelea can be found in a number of locations including: Africa. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

Habitats

The following habitats are found across the Red-billed quelea distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Perching birds
  6. Ploceidae
  7. Quelea
  8. Red-billed quelea

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