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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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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.
In fact, if the Handbooks weighted their treatment of species according to the number of individuals (recent estimates of the world's total ranging from 200 to 400 billion), hundreds of pages would be devoted to the Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea) alone, whose estimated population size is in the billions.
Campaigns against quelea birds (Quelea quelea) have been conducted in the north.
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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.