- See under quelea.
Origin of red-billed quelea
First recorded in 1955–60
- 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
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