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Red-billed Quelea

Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the world's most numerous bird: red-billed quelea.

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Miranda Krestovnikoff presents the World's most numerous bird; red billed quelea. Red-billed queleas are the most numerous birds in the world and as part of the weaverbird family sound and look like small neat sparrows. Their ability to adapt to local conditions and travel for food allows large populations of fast-breeding queleas to build up. The statistics are mind-boggling. Some flocks of red-billed quelea can comprise millions of birds which may take hours to fly past. There are probably between one and a half and ten billion birds in Africa. They breed in vast colonies; one colony in Nigeria covered one hundred and ten hectares and contained thirty one million nests.

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Tue 16 Oct 2018 05:58

Red-billed quelea (Quelea quelea)

Webpage image courtesy of Jabruson /

NPL Ref 01038186 © Jabruson /

Recording of red-billed quelea by Linda R Macaulay / Ref: ML 100298

This programme contains a wildtrack recording of the red-billed quelea kindly provided by The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; recorded by Linda R Macaulay on 13 Jan 1996, in Awash National Park, Ethiopia.


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