vulturine guineafowl

Acryllium Vulturinum

IUCN Status: Least concern


A dirt scratching omnivore eating anything they expose as they disturb the ground. This could be tubers, seeds, insects, small vertebrates, snails and fallen fruits


Nests are made in the open savannah amongst bushes and trees with 4-8 eggs being laid

At The Zoo

We have a pair of these strange but pleasantly pretty birds here. They have a new exhibit (2017) specially designed to keep the wet winter weather away from them. Our cock bird is very old and we are always hoping that one year he may help produce some fertile eggs!


A North-east African resident of the savannah grasslands.

Fun Facts

This bird has a bald head and neck like a vultures (hence its name). Extremely pretty with vibrant blue feathers this is the largest species of guineafowl.


Similar too helmeted guineafowl this is a ground loving (terrestrial) flock bird. Only splitting into pairs for breeding and rearing “keets” (baby guineafowl).