Weavers and quelea
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Red-headedWeaver L: 15 cm (6") The only weaver with an orange bill, dark brown back with yellowish margins to the wing, and a white belly . The breeding male is distinctive, having a bright red head and upperbreast , and a black mask, while the female and non-breeding male have a yellow head and breast . This is a widespread and fairly common resident in Kruger’s woodlands, joining mixed-species flocks in winter (June–August) . It spends more time foraging in trees than other weavers, but has a similar diet of invertebrates, seeds and fruits . It is a solitary nester, building a long-necked nest that is unusually untidy for a weaver, and is often found breeding in camps . Weavers: 3 and quelea male female nest 152 Red-billed Quelea L: 12 cm (4·5") A small brownish, sparrow-like member of the weaver family with a mottled back and yellow or reddish bill, eye-ring and legs. When breeding, males develop a variable black mask and reddish wash to the rest of the head and upper breast, although in some individuals the mask is white. This species is highly nomadic in arid savannah and in wetter years can form huge flocks, earning it the name of ‘feathered locust’. In such years, the population in Kruger may exceed 30 million, comprising some 60% of all the birds in the park! However, in drier years and in the winter (June– August) it occurs in much lower numbers. Queleas roost in single-species flocks, or with other seed-eaters in reedbeds and trees alongside rivers. When conditions are suitable, they breed in huge colonies that attract a variety of predators. Adults feed primarily on seed, and can strip vast areas of seeding grass in hours; outside parks they are considered an agricultural pest. BIRDS OF BROADLEAVED WOODLAND AND CAMPS male breeding male non-breeding female 153 ...


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