Caption: Red-billed queleas (Quelea quelea) swarming around a water-hole in the Nossob riverbed of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Southern Africa. This is the most abundant wild bird in the world. It is found in sub-Saharan Africa, where it feeds on grass seeds and grain. This bird forms huge flocks of many thousands of individuals and it is commonly believed that these birds flock in order to reduce the likelihood of predation on individuals. Red-billed queleas are responsible for considerable wheat, millet and sorghum losses in South Africa and they are widely regarded as pests.

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