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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.]
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(Animals) an East African weaverbird
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The most destructive bird species is the Sudan Dioch (Quelea quelea ethiopica).
The Narok county government and the Desert Locust Control Organisation have completed spraying quelea birds that had invaded wheat farms in the county.
He said in May quelea birds arrived in large numbers and started ravaging sorghum but still, government intervened to control them.
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.
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.
Agreement for plant (Sudan-U.S.) 1977 protection-Sudan quelea bird research project.
Agreement for plant Sudan-United protection--Sudan quelea bird States research project.