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Cardinal Quelea Quelea cardinalis

(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 9894

No of records in PHOWN for this species: 1

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
- - (n=0)in large colonies, also in smaller groups; sometimes solitary
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Nest site

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

Breeding seasonality

PHOWN Records per month for this species

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 15
Aug-Sept in DRCongo, Mar-Jul in Uganda and Kenya, Feb-May in Tanzania and Feb in Zambia

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
Polygynous. Colonial
season
Aug-Sept in DRCongo, Mar-Jul in Uganda and Kenya, Feb-May in Tanzania and Feb in Zambia
nsite
placed 30 cm to 1.5 m above ground, between vertical stems of grass or other vegetation
nbuild
built by male, may be completed in a single day
colsize
in large colonies, also in smaller groups; sometimes solitary
clutch
2-4
eggcolour
whitish with mauve spots and scrawls, or blue to greenish (rarely, pinkish) and finely mottled with reddish-brown
eggsize
average size of seven eggs 17.3 x 12.5 mm (Uganda)
incub
incubation by female alone, period 12-14 days
chicks
chicks fed by female alone, nestling period 16-18 days

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Vm 9894

List of all PHOWN records for this species


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9894, Tanzania, South of Arusha, Peterson, Daudi

All PHOWN news items relating to this species

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Weaver Wednesday [195] - Discovery [78]: Cardinal Quelea (2016-03-09)
Weaver Wednesday [76]: Cardinal Quelea (2013-11-27)