Helmeted Guineafowl Fact Sheet

Class:

Aves

Order:

Galliformes

Family:

Numididae

Genus:

Numida
Species:

meleagris

Lifespan:

Up to 12 years under human care

Gestation:

24-27 days

Number of Young:

6-12

Size:

1.5-2 ft tall

Weight:

2.5-3.5 lbs

Reproduction:

Males court females and once paired they will typically stay together throughout the breeding season. Males guard females during egg laying and incubation, and both share brooding for the first two weeks after hatching.

Range:

Native to central and southern Africa.

Habitat:

Live in warm, relatively dry and open habitats with scattered shrubs and trees such as savanna or farmland.

Diet:

Seeds and insects 

Description:

A large stocky bird with a round body and small head. The head is bare and decorated with patches of red and blue skin. On top of the head is a dull yellow bony knob. The body plumage is grey-black and spangled with white.

Come visit Firecracker and her friends at Pheasantry.

Facts:

  • Helmeted guinea fowl are gregarious birds meaning they live and travel in flocks.