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Helmeted Guineafowl

Numida meleagris


The Helmeted Guineafowl is a large (53–58 cm) bird with a round body and small head. They weigh about 1.3 kg. The body plumage is gray-black spangled with white. Like other guineafowl, this species has an unfeathered head, in this case decorated with a dull yellow or reddish bony knob, and red and blue patches of skin. The wings are short and rounded, and the tail is also short. Helmeted Guineafowl are great runners, and can walk 10 km and more in a day.


It breeds in Africa, mainly south of the Sahara, and has been widely introduced into the West Indies, Brazil, Australia and southern France. Seen at Nairobi National Park

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39 Comments (1–25)

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Thanks, Adarsha!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 11 years ago

Adorable !

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Thanks, Antonio, CoastalJHawk, Hunter and matimar1 - matimar1, it's really nice that you enjoy this spotting so much!

Hunter Hebenstreit
Hunter Hebenstreit 11 years ago

Wow! Incredible shots of an amazing bird!

CoastalJHawk 11 years ago

This is a remarkable series! Thanks for sharing.

AntónioGinjaGinja 11 years ago

gorgeous Maria,you have becaming a super spotter,each spotting in your page is allways awesome,congratulations,we are your's fan's at home :) great work

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Thanks again, everyone, for all your nice comments - they are much appreciated!

Kei Heyns
Kei Heyns 11 years ago

Lovely series and congrats with your achievement. We have hundreds of these guys at my home, they can make quite the racket.

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 11 years ago

Congrats on your SOTD! Well done!

LarsKorb 11 years ago

Congratulations, Maria - very nice shots

Ryan21 11 years ago


KarenL 11 years ago

Beautiful Maria!

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago


joanbstanley 11 years ago

Congratulations. Wonderful spotting.

Blogie 11 years ago

Strange-looking bird, but very interesting! Congrats on your SOTD, Maria!

Piali Bopanna
Piali Bopanna 11 years ago

Congrats on the SOTD

Atul 11 years ago

congrats and lovely series !

OnengDyah 11 years ago


Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 11 years ago

Congratulations Maria. Very nice series! Thanks for sharing this beautiful bird.

williefromwi 11 years ago

Congrats on your spotting of the day award Maria. Stunning series.

MartinL 11 years ago

What a worthy winner Maria! The picture is stunning too. you are a bird expert and there are several that Yasser could have chosen. Thank you.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago

Congratulations Maria, this is a good sample of the wonderful photos you have posted in PN. Keep up the good work.

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

WOW! Amazing! Congratulations Maria. This is a beautiful and unique bird. I think most people haven't seen this before. Your images are great. Wonderful news.

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

What a lovely surprise! Thank you, Yasser, for choosing this spotting. There are so many wonderful photos and spottings on PNoah and this is an honor. And thanks for all the nice comments - I'm glad you enjoyed the photos of this unique bird.

patty 11 years ago

Congratulations María! Great spotting and picture! What an amazing bird! Glad it walks and runs a lot and maybe does not fly because I imagine that - maybe - when spotting one, it is sort of nicer to face it for the first time while approaching it walking than having it just land in front of you... Congratulations once more and thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures from which we learn a lot about our planet´s biodiversity too =)

Maria dB
Spotted by
Maria dB

Nairobi, Central, Kenya

Spotted on Jun 6, 2012
Submitted on Jun 23, 2012

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