GCSpyder photographed a breeding adult Red-headed Quelea (Quelea erythrops) in the latter part of March 2010 at Jalan Gemala 2, Singapore. This is an African weaver and its presence in Singapore is obviously as an escapee.
In April Howard Banwell photographed a red headed “Baya Weaver” ripping apart an uncompleted Baya Weaver’s (Ploceus philippinus) nest. Yong Ding Li suggested that it might be a Red-headed Quelea, one of those gregarious finches of the African grasslands. On the other hand it could well be a Cardinal Quelea (Quelea cardinalis) subspecies Rhodesia, which looks like the Red-headed Quelea (Zimmermann et al., 1999).
So, within a period of about two weeks, two sightings were made of the African weaver at opposite ends of the island. Is there a possibility that these queleas were released to coincide with a religious festival? Just a thought.
Image by GCSpyder.
Zimmerman, D. A., D. A. Turner & D. J. Pearson, 1999. Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Russel Friedman Books CC. South Africa. 576 pp.
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