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Red-headed Quelea Quelea erythrops

(species text)

PHOWN priorities: none yet

Most recent PHOWN record for this species (recent thumbnails and full species listing at end of this web page):

Vm 12099

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 4

Colony size

Colony size for this species in PHOWN (min - mean - max, sample size) and published data:
PHOWN Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
10 - 2505.0 - 5000 (n=2)with hundreds or thousands of nests per colony
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Nest site

Type of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
other - 1
reed - 3

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
012100000000

Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
mainly Jun-Oct in W Africa, Nov-Feb on Sao Tome; Jul-Aug in Sudan and N Congo Basin, Jan-Mar in S DRCongo, Apr in Uganda and Apr-May in Tanzania; Jan-Apr in Angola, Zambia and Malawi; usually Dec-Jan in S Africa but egg-laying recorded early Mar in Zimbabwe

Figure above right: breeding seasonality shown as records per month (if available), where months are numbered from January where January=1 etc.
The records are grouped into 6 regions: Safr=southern Africa, Cafr=central Africa, Wafr=western Africa, Eafr=eastern Africa, Asia=southern Asia, IO=Indian Ocean islands
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Breeding distribution

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Published breeding information

Breeding information based on Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15.

bond
Probably polygynous, males building up to three nests simultaneously
season
mainly Jun-Oct in W Africa, Nov-Feb on Sao Tome; Jul-Aug in Sudan and N Congo Basin, Jan-Mar in S DRCongo, Apr in Uganda and Apr-May in Tanzania; Jan-Apr in Angola, Zambia and Malawi; usually Dec-Jan in S Africa but egg-laying recorded early Mar in Zimbabwe
nsite
suspended c. 1.5 m above ground or over water between grass or reed stems
nbuild
Nest built by male
colsize
with hundreds or thousands of nests per colony
clutch
1-4 eggs, average 2 (South Africa)
eggcolour
pale blue
eggsize
average size for 38 eggs in South Africa 19.4 x 13.5 mm
incub
incubation by female only, period, c. 13 days at Zimbabwe colony, captivity 12-14 days
chicks
chicks fed generally by female only, at one colony males also seen to feed, nestling period 12-14 days

Thumb-nails of most recent PHOWN records


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Vm 12099

Vm 12089

Vm 5344

Vm 18

List of all PHOWN records for this species


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18, South Africa, Darvill Sewage Works, Oschadleus HD
5344, South Africa, Midmar Dam, Riley A
12089, Zambia, Kasanka National Park, Willems, Frank
12099, Zambia, Kandia Dambo, Lavushi Manda National Park, Willems, Frank

All PHOWN news items relating to this species

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Weaver Wednesday 3 [254] - Range changes [17]: Red-headed Quelea (2017-04-26)
Weaver Wednesday [166] - Discovery [49]: Red-headed Quelea (2015-08-19)
Weaver Wednesday [49]: Red-headed Quelea (2013-02-22)