Helmeted Guineafowl

Numida meleagris

Order

GALLIFORMES

Family

Guineafowl (Numididae)

Code 4

HELG

Code 6

NUMMEL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Helmeted Guineafowl has a large range of 12,700,000 square kilometers. Its natural range includes a variety of open and edge habitats in much of sub-Saharan Africa, and it has been introduced to parts of the Caribbean, Madagascar, Australia, the Middle East, as well as Brazil and the United States. In the United States, it was introduced to help control tick populations in different parts of the country. This species is believed to have a large population and has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Helmeted Guineafowl: A large bird with a unique blue, featherless head and neck, and a brown bony casque. They also have red facial appendages and black filoplumes on their hindneck. They are primarily black with white speckles or spots. They live in woodlands and are omnivorous.


Range and Habitat

Helmeted Guineafowl: Native to the Africa continent, where they are found in many countries south of the Sahara desert. This species has been introduced to many parts of the world, including the Caribbean. At this time there are no known feral populations in the United States, although they are kept in many parks, farms, and backyards where they free roam.

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Helmeted Guineafowl SONGS AND CALLS

Helmeted Guineafowl K1

Typical call is a nasal, repeated "kek".

Helmeted Guineafowl P1

"CHER-cheng" calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"kek-kek-kek-kek-kek-kek-kek...", "chenk-chenk-chenk", "CHER-cheeng, CHER-cheeng...", "ka-bak."

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Guineafowl have been introduced to control ticks that spread lyme disease.
  • The Helmeted Guineafowl male will attempt to make themselves more intimidating to other males by raising their wings, bristling their feathers across the length of their body, and rushing towards their opponent with a gaping beak
  • They may live 12 years in the wild.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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HindneckX
Also called the nape and collar, it is the back of the neck.

Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X