GUINEA FOWL

(Numida meleagris)

GUINEA FOWL

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Native to Africa, the Guinea fowl (sometimes called guineahen) is a bird of the Numididae family.

CHARACTERISTICS
They are large birds (53–58 cm) with a round body and small head. The body plumage is gray-black spangled with white. This species has an featherless 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.

BEHAVIOR
The Guinea fowl lives in large flocks, except the mating period when the pairs separate from the others.

DIET
They eat insects, herbs, fruit and seeds.

REPRODUCTION
They build their nest in the ground, low shrubs or on the meadows. The nest is stuffed with herbs and contains about 15 eggs that the female hatch for 26-28 days.

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