red-billed quelea

[ red-bild ]
/ ˈrɛdˌbɪld /


See under quelea.

Origin of red-billed quelea

First recorded in 1955–60

Definition for red-billed quelea (2 of 2)

[ kwee-lee-uh ]
/ ˈkwi li ə /


any of several African weaverbirds of the genus Quelea, especially Q. quelea (red-billed quelea), noted for its vast flocks that destroy grain crops.

Origin of quelea

1925–30; < New Latin: genus name (1850; earlier as a species name), perhaps alteration of Medieval Latin qualea quail Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020