IUCN Status: Least concern (domesticated)
Guineafowl like chickens can scratch at the dirt with their claws dislodging insects, plants, seeds, snails, worms, insects & small vertebrates etc.
Nests can contain 25-30 eggs or more from 2 or 3 egg laying females. Incubation lasts about 27days and the precocial chicks called “keets” run around after their mother.
Our helmeted guineafowl are kept free range within the zoo. They seldom leave the confines of the zoo perimeter and provide a useful night time natural alarm!
Native to Africa (south of the Sahara) this is the most well-known bird of the guineafowl family as it regularly occurs in captivity and can be considered domesticated!
Purported to taste better than chicken they are considered a luxury food item on menus. Often kept as guards because of their ability to give high pitched and loud alarm calls when danger is noticed.
A typical communal flock bird (usually 25-30 birds) outside of the breeding season. Roosting together. A terrestrial species preferring to run rather than fly!