Helmeted Guineafowl Fact Sheet

Class:
Aves
Order:
Galliformes
Family:
Numididae
Genus:
Numida
Species:
meleagris
Lifespan:
Up to 12 years under human care
Gestation:
24 – 27 days
Number of Young:
6 – 12
Size:
1.5 – 2 ft tall
Weight:
2.5 – 3.5 lb
Reproduction:
Males court females and once paired they will typically stay together throughout the breeding season. Males guard females during egg laying and incubation, and both share brooding for the first two weeks after hatching.
Range:
Native to central and southern Africa.
Habitat:
Live in warm, relatively dry and open habitats with scattered shrubs and trees such as savanna or farmland
Diet:
Seeds and insects 
Description:
A large stocky bird with a round body and small head. The head is bare and decorated with patches of red and blue skin. On top of the head is a dull yellow bony knob. The body plumage is grey-black and spangled with white.

 

Fun Fact:

  • Helmeted guinea fowl are gregarious birds meaning they live and travel in flocks.

 

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