Weaver Wednesday  - Discovery : Red-headed Quelea2015-08-19 (663)
Weaver Wednesday (species text)
Red-headed Quelea Quelea erythrops
IntroductionThe Red-headed Quelea was formally described by Karel Johan Gustav Hartlaub, a German physician and ornithologist.
Carl Weiss, a German collector, was the first person to obtain specimens of the Red-headed Quelea (together with other bird specimens, including the Sao Tome Weaver) for The Hamburg Museum. He travelled from 1847-1850 on the ship Adolphus to Sao Tome then to the coast of Ghana, to Principe and back to Sao Tome again. He probably collected the Red-headed Quelea soon after arriving on the island, and sent back many bird specimens which Hartlaub was able to describe in 1848 and later.
The first illustration of a Red-headed Quelea is a colour painting published by Hartlaub in 1850. The second illustration was published by Reichenbach 1863.
Scientific citationPloceus erythrops Hartlaub 1848 Rev. Zool. 1848 p.109 Sao Tome.
Meaning of nameserythrops - Greek. Eruthros, red; ops, the eye, the face; refers to the red or rufous face.
First English nameThe red-headed Dioch (Reichenbach 1863).
Alternate namesPokerhead, Red-headed Dioch, Red-headed Weaver.
Locality collectedSao Tome Island.
Type specimensOne type specimen is in the Zoological Museum at the University of Hamburg, and specimen UMB - 5281 is in Ubersee Museum Bremen.