Guinea Fowl

Name

Helmeted Guinea Fowl

Scientific Name

Numida meleagris

Characteristics

Guinea fowl are large birds, made distinct by their brightly coloured heads and spotted feathers.

Guinea fowl are very sociable birds and have a variety of calls and sounds that they use to communicate with one another. They can also be territorial and fiercely protective of their young.

When it comes to courtship, the male guinea fowl is a real gentleman! After mating, the male will protect the female and ensure that she has enough food to eat, even if this means he goes without food.

The incubation period for guinea fowl eggs lasts for 25-29 days. Baby Guinea fowl are called keets.

Diet

They are omnivorous birds. Their diet is mostly comprised of seeds and insects.

Size Fact

They can grow up to 50cm in height.

Food Fact

They have been known to pick through elephant dung in their search for food!

Fun Fact

They do have wings but prefer not to fly!

IUCN Red list

Least concern

Where do I live?

Guinea fowl are native to Africa.

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