Quelea – Queleas

Love for the color red and rice fields are two characteristics common in all species

Sparrows with a more advanced fashion sense are included in this genus. The two male species (cardinal and red-headed quelea) wear a bright or dark red color on their heads with black beaks. The red-billed quelea prefers wearing red lipgloss, a black face mask, and a pinkish cap. However, the female plumage in all species closely resembles common brownish sparrows. The red-billed quelea travels in large groups, sometimes covering a patch of the open sky.

Most species would choose a vegetarian diet over an insect-based meal. Parents often feed chicks with small insects showing their concern about nutrition. The migration pattern is correlated with seasonal variability (amount of rainfall) and grass seed production.