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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.

Habitat:

It breeds in warm, fairly dry and open habitats with scattered shrubs and trees such as savanna or farmland

Notes:

I spotted this guineafowl on my first safari in Maasai Mara. It was moving it's head back and forth really fast and I couldn't capture it clearly.

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2 Comments

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks Alice.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 11 years ago

I think you did a good job. A striking picture!

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Rift Valley, Kenya

Spotted on Nov 19, 2008
Submitted on Aug 19, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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