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Helmeted Guineafowl

Numida meleagris

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Fact File


60 - 70 cm


1.3 - 1.8 kg

Clutch size

6 - 12 eggs

life span

10 - 15 years

The helmeted guineafowl has a unique, helmet-like casque on its head and a body covered in dark feathers speckled with white dots. These birds are highly gregarious, often seen moving in large flocks and communicating through a variety of calls.


They are ground-dwellers that prefer to forage for seeds, insects, and small invertebrates. Adaptable to a range of habitats, they thrive in open areas such as savannas, grasslands, and agricultural fields.

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Did you know?!

When threatened, they often choose to run rather than fly, reaching speeds of up to 22 mph.

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