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Red-headed Quelea Quelea erythrops(species text)
PHOWN priorities: none yet
No of records in PHOWN for this species: 4
Colony sizeColony 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|
Nest siteType of nest site for this species in PHOWN:
|reed - 3|
tree - 1
PHOWN Records per month for this species
|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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Published breeding informationBreeding information based on Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15.
Probably polygynous, males building up to three nests simultaneously
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
suspended c. 1.5 m above ground or over water between grass or reed stems
Nest built by male
with hundreds or thousands of nests per colony
1-4 eggs, average 2 (South Africa)
average size for 38 eggs in South Africa 19.4 x 13.5 mm
incubation by female only, period, c. 13 days at Zimbabwe colony, captivity 12-14 days
chicks fed generally by female only, at one colony males also seen to feed, nestling period 12-14 days
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18, 0,South Africa, Darvill Sewage Works, Oschadleus HD, reed
5344, 0,South Africa, Midmar Dam, Riley A, reed
12089, 5000,Zambia, Kasanka National Park, Willems, Frank , reed
12099, 10,Zambia, Kandia Dambo, Lavushi Manda National Park, Willems, Frank, tree
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Weaver Wednesday 3  - Range changes : Red-headed Quelea (2017-04-26)
Weaver Wednesday  - Discovery : Red-headed Quelea (2015-08-19)
Weaver Wednesday : Red-headed Quelea (2013-02-22)