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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.


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


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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dandoucette 9 years ago

Thanks Alice.

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

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

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Rift Valley, Kenya

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

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