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quelea Line breaks: que¦lea
Pronunciation: /ˈkwiːlɪə/

Definition of quelea in English:


A brownish weaver bird found in Africa, the male of which has either a black face or a red head. Also called dioch.
Example sentences
  • The ngosha (Quelea quelea) is a small but very numerous granivorous bird that sweeps over the sky in flocks like small clouds and descends on grain fields to feast.
  • The regular loss of rice and other grain crops to large flocks of quelea led Nigeria's government to begin spraying the area with chemical control agents whose long-term effects on other life forms have not been determined.
  • However queleas are different because plumage does not signal quality in this species.


Modern Latin, perhaps from medieval Latin qualea 'quail'.

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