Red-headed Quelea Quelea erythrops
Red-headed Quelea, Kakum, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image

Kakum, Ghana
May 2011

The Red-headed Quelea is distributed in disjunct areas of Africa south of the Sahara. It is found in forest clearings, grasslands and agricultural areas where it feeds mainly on grass seeds and rice. It is a member of the Weaver family.

The breeding male has a red head and throat; the female lacks any red on the face which has a yellowish tinge; and the non-breeding male can look like the female but often, as in this case, has a red wash to the sides of the head and the forehead.

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