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Guinea Fowl


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The guinea fowl is a large wild bird that is natively found inhabiting a variety of habitats across the African continent. Today, the guinea fowl has been introduced to various countries around the world as it is farmed by humans.

The guinea fowl is a ground-nesting bird and spends much of its time scratching around on the ground in search for something to eat. The guinea fowl often has long, dark coloured feathers and a bald neck and head which makes the guinea fowl a very distinctive bird.

The guinea fowl is a fairly resilient and highly adaptable bird and the guinea fowl is therefore found naturally in range of habitats. Wild guinea fowl can be found inhabiting jungles, forests, shrublands, grasslands and even areas of desert, depending on the abundance of food.

In their native Africa, guinea fowl have been used as domestic animals for hundreds of years as the large size of the guinea fowl means that just one bird can provide a great deal of food. Today, guinea fowl are farmed around the world for their meat, eggs and feathers.

The guinea fowl is an omnivorous bird and therefore has a diet that consists of both plants and other animals. Guinea fowl primarily feed on worms and insects on the ground, along with seeds, berries and small mammals and reptiles.

The guinea fowl has numerous predators wherever it happens to be. Mammals including wildcats, dogs, wolves and humans and large reptiles such as snakes and crocodiles. are the most common predators of the guinea fowl.

The female guinea fowl builds a nest out of twigs and leaves on the ground, often somewhere where it is more sheltered. The female guinea fowl lays between 8 and 15 small eggs which hatch after an incubation period of around a month. The guinea fowl chicks, known as keets, remain with their mother until they are big enough to fend for themselves.


Guinea Fowl Comments (3)

Stacey

"I work at a zoo, and we have guinea fowl. I get questions about them all the time, and I got one today that I couldn't answer. This information is wonderful, thank you so much!! :)"

fred

"this is some very good info i have them in my garden!"

Jane

"i have hens in a house but i think rats have gotten in somewhere to get to the food i am afraid they will take down a guinea hen what do i do?"


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Guinea Fowl Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Aves
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Galliformes
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Numididae
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Numididae
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Bird
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
40cm - 71cm (16in - 30in)
Wing Span:
The measurement from one wing tip to the other...
150cm - 180cm (59in - 71in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
0.7kg - 1.6kg (1.5lbs - 3.5lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
35km/h (22mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
10 - 20 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Flock
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, White, Brown, Red, Yellow, White, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Feathers
Favourite Food:Insects
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Forest, desert and grasslands
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once...
12
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Insects, Worms, Berries
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Large Mammals and Reptiles
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Large body size and bald neck

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