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Species Guide

Red-headed Quelea

Quelea erythrops

The Red-headed Quelea, Quelea erythrops, is a vibrant member of the Ploceidae family, known for its distinctive rufous or red face which gives rise to its name. This small bird is a true spectacle of nature with its striking coloration.

Identification Tips

When observing the Red-headed Quelea, one should look for the characteristic red or rufous face which is the hallmark of this species. The bird's plumage and distinctive features make it a unique sight among the avian world.


The Red-headed Quelea is a bird of the African continent, thriving in a variety of habitats across its vast range. It is a versatile species, adapting to the diverse environments it calls home.


This species has a broad distribution across Africa, from Angola to Zimbabwe, and north to Ethiopia. It is a bird of many nations, gracing a multitude of African landscapes with its presence.


The Red-headed Quelea exhibits fascinating behaviors that are a delight to observe. Its daily activities and interactions with its environment offer a glimpse into the life of this remarkable bird.

Song & Calls

The vocalizations of the Red-headed Quelea are an integral part of its identity, with calls and songs that resonate across its habitat. These sounds are a key aspect of its communication and social structure.


Breeding is a critical part of the Red-headed Quelea's life cycle, with rituals and practices that ensure the continuation of this species. Observing their breeding behavior provides insight into the perpetuation of their kind.

Similar Species

In the realm of avian diversity, there are species that bear resemblance to the Red-headed Quelea. However, this bird's unique characteristics set it apart, making it distinguishable from its relatives.

Diet and Feeding

The Red-headed Quelea sustains itself through a diet that is reflective of its environment. Its feeding habits are a testament to its adaptability and survival instincts.

Conservation status

Fortunately, the Red-headed Quelea is classified as Least Concern by the IUCN, indicating that, for now, this species is not at immediate risk. Its population is a testament to the resilience of nature.

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