The Red-billed Quelled

Feb 01, 1995

The Red-billed quelled (Queleaquelea) is an interesting little bird. They are very small birds weighing in at less than 20g – (2/3oz!) and are only 12cm tall (41/2 inches). Twice a day they fly in huge flocks looking for food. When they do find their meal, they eat as a group. As a group, and a large one at that, they can take anywhere from minutes to an hour to fly by together. It is quite the spectacle, especially at sunset as pictured here.

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