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Any of several African weaverbirds of the genus Quelea, especially Q. quelea, a small red-billed bird that is destructive to grain crops.

[New Latin Quelea, genus name, perhaps alteration of Medieval Latin qualea, quail, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *coacula, of imitative origin.]


(Animals) an East African weaverbird
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He noted that those who ploughed sorghum were likely to have a problem of quelea birds.
He said that over N6 billion worth of farm produce, equivalent to 50,600 metric tons of various crops representing 59 per cent crop, have been lost to quelea birds and other pests in farmlands in Bauchi State.
The Kebbi Government has commenced aerial spray of farm lands against quelea birds in Bagudo Local Government Area of the state.
Giraffe splay their legs and gently bow down to slurp the water, while swarms of quelea "locust birds" blow like gusty clouds from one bush to another.
There are certain Quelea birds that have proved to be quite the opponents of progress as they pluck the rice once the area has been flooded.
Ploceidae Ploceus spp Weavers Bubalornis albirostris Buffalo weaver Plcepasser Chestut-crowned superciliosus sparrow weaver Anomalospiza imberbis Cuckoo finch Quelea quelea Red-billed quelea Ploceidae Bishop Ploceus luteolus Little weaver Anaplectes rubriceps Red-headed quelea Ploceus cucullatus Village weavers Sporopipes frontalis Speckle-fronted weaver Ploceus vitellinuus Vitelline masked weaver 25.
Campaigns against quelea birds (Quelea quelea) have been conducted in the north.
1977 protection-Sudan quelea bird research project.
Agreement for plant Sudan-United protection--Sudan quelea bird States research project.
Quelea quelea, 7 RO12076, RO120766, MI219934, MI219943, MI219949, MI219953, MI219958
Look out in the rest of the series for some TV firsts, including two million migrating Mongolian gazelle, venomous sea snakes in newly-discovered Indonesian coral reefs, a flock of 20 million red-billed quelea and an extraordinary deep-sea light show performed by vampire squid.