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Helmeted Guineafowl

Numida meleagris

Description:

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. Various sub-species are proposed, differences in appearance being mostly a large variation in shape, size and colour of the casque and facial wattles.

Notes:

Found roaming in vacant plot in Jesudasan ngr 1at st, Madurai-18

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Helmeted Guineafowl
Numida meleagris Helmeted Guineafowl
helmeted guineafowl
Numida meleagris Helmeted Guineafowl


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2 Comments

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Although not mentioned in the wiki link, these birds were introduced to India and are now farmed as poultry.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Look like Guinea hens to me.

KannaSaravanan
Spotted by
KannaSaravanan

Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Jul 4, 2012
Submitted on Jul 4, 2012

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