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Numididae - Guineafowl

 

Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Galliformes
 Fmily: Numididae

Guinea FowlThere are six species in this family of birds. They live in Sub-Saharan Africa. They are 17-24 inches in length and have a bare head and neck; a small rounded head; a short, rounded tail; a curved bill; and a pear-shaped body. They have grayish-black feathers spotted with white.

Some species, like the vulturine guineafowl, have brightly colored feathers around their necks and chests; other species, like the helmeted guineafowl, have crests on their heads.

Guineafowl eat seeds and invertebrates. They roost in trees at night and make their nests on the ground. Guineafowl can fly, but they are very fast runners and usually run to escape danger. They are also known as guineahens and have been domesticated in some places and raised for food.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  None

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South AmericaSouth America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Vulturine Guineafowl - Acryllium vulturinum Least Concern Africa
White-breasted Guineafowl - Agelastes meleagrides Vulnerable Africa
Black Guineafowl - Agelastes niger Least Concern Africa
Plumed Guineafowl - Guttera plumifera Least Concern Africa
Crested Guineafowl - Guttera pucherani Least Concern Africa
Helmeted Guineafowl - Numida meleagris Least Concern Africa

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Helmeted Guineafowl - Numida meleagris Photos Least Concern Africa
The helmeted guineafowl is found in western, northeastern and southern Africa
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Helmeted Guineafowl - Numida meleagris Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
The helmeted guineafowl has a pear-shaped body and a very small head with a yellow or reddish bony knob.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Helmeted Guineafowl - Numida meleagris profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The helmeted guineafowl is not a very good flier.
Source: St. Louis Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Plumed Guineafowl - Guttera plumifera Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa
The plumed guineafowl is found in Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Vulturine Guineafowl - Acryllium vulturinum Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The vulturine guineafowl is found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Vulturine Guineafowl - Acryllium vulturinum Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The vulturine guineafowl is the largest species of guineafowl.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Vulturine Guineafowl - Acryllium vulturinum profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa
The vulturine guineafowl gets its name from its vulture-like head.
Source: Honolulu Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

White-breasted Guineafowl - Agelastes meleagrides Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The white-breasted guineafowl is found in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes