Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Aves
Order - Galliformes
Family - Numididae

Guinea Fowl


Fowl are birds belonging to one of two biological orders, namely the gamefowl or landfowl (Galliformes) and the waterfowl (Anseriformes).
Scientific Info
Scientific Name - Numididae
Type - Bird
Diet - Omnivore
Size - 40cm - 71cm (16in - 30in)
Weight - 0.7kg - 1.6kg (1.5lbs - 3.5lbs)
Top Speed - 35km/h (22mph)
Life Span - 10 - 20 years
Lifestyle - Flock
Conservation Status - Least Concern
Colour - Black, White, Brown, Red, Yellow, White, Grey
Skin Type - Feathers
Favourite Food - Insects
Habitat - Forest, desert and grasslands
Average Clutch Size - 12
Main Prey - Insects, Worms, Berries
Predators - Large Mammals and Reptiles
Distinctive Features - Large body size and bald neck

They may not be the prettiest creatures on the planet, but Guinea Fowl have to be one of the most amusing and noisy species of birds to own. Their eggs are delicious too! The great thing about these birds is they can be kept on their own or alongside other poultry like chickens, ducks, turkeys as well as geese and they do very well, but you may have to introduce them gradually to avoid any conflicts.

Geese make great guard dogs – but so do Guinea Fowl! They are extremely quick to let you know when strangers and other animals are on your property or in the vicinity. This means they are great “fox” alarms too which is priceless if you have a problem with foxes roaming your area during the daylight hours. Guinea Fowl can make quite a racket at the best of times, so when they are unhappy about something, the whole world knows about it.

The guineafowl (sometimes called guineahen) are a family of birds in the same order as the pheasants, turkeys and other game birds and is native to Africa.

location of origin

The Helmeted Guineafowl has been domesticated and introduced outside its natural range, for example in southern France, the West Indies, and esp. the United States.

The best way to tell the sex of a guinea fowl is by the sound they make. The males make a one-syllable sound like "Chi-Chi, Chi-Chi." The females make a two-syllable sound, as in "Buck Wheat, Buck Wheat." The males have larger wattles than the females, and a larger helmet.

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