Bird Helmeted Guinea fowl (Numida meleagris)

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Common Name: Helmeted Guinea fowl

Scientific name: Numida meleagris

Family: Numididae

Order: Numida

Other Names: N/A

Distribution: originally from Africia, in Australia here and there escaped domestic, feral population on Heron and the Great Barrier Reef Islands .

Habitat: fairly dry and open habitats with scattered shrubs and trees such as farmlands.

Field Notes:Breeds during summer months. The Helmeted Guineafowl is a large (53–58 cm) bird with a round body and small head. They weigh about 1.3 kg. they are great runners, and can walk 10 km and more in a day. They make loud harsh calls when disturbed. Great for keeping ticks of property. there are two main colours in Australia although about 21 world wide and some in Australia. Males have rounded lobbs like ears and the females are flat.
Extra Note: meat and eggs are only 1/3 the Cholesterol of of other birds inclunding chicken.


Photos by Auscraft, 2011. My Yard, QLD

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Top picture is a male lavender, the bottom male Pearl

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Pic of how to tell male/females apart. The male is at the top of pic with the large ear shaped combs, the female has smaller and flat combs the red lobs on cheeks

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