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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. - Wikipedia

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6 Comments

FoTony
FoTony 8 years ago

very beautiful close-up of the bird's head.

Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 9 years ago

@PerilsOfPlastic: Hi, Emma. Unfortunately we weren't able to agree on a date that would accommodate everyone's schedule so they weren't able to visit. We have to plan again. I just came back from California and will stay in Tanzania until August 2013. I was in Kenya 2 weeks ago but didn't get to visit Kora, Meru, or Masai Mara. I just stopped by the giraffe center and the Sheldrick elephant and rhino orphanage in Nairobi. But I went to Ngorongoro Crater here in Tanzania 3 days ago. It was beautiful. You should see it.

Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 9 years ago

@Sydes: Thanks. I guess this is a helmeted guineafowl and I've edited the posting.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Nice series :)

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 9 years ago

very nice photo of the guineafowl head.
I think you've slipped up on the number of G/fowl species and their relationships see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guineafowl#List _of_species_in_taxonomic_order

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

lovely!! Have you seen Kora National park,meru or Masai? How is your stay going on? Did your friends from USA visit you?

Jinki Afrika
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Jinki Afrika

Arusha, Tanzania

Spotted on Nov 17, 2012
Submitted on Nov 17, 2012

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