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Helmeted guineafowl
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Numididae


Guineafowl (scientific name : Numididae) are birds native to Africa. There are 6 species. The Helmeted guineafowl have been domesticated.

Young guineafowl are called keets.

Description[edit | edit source]

Guineafowl look like a large partridge. Its feathers are dark grey, but some species have white or blue spots on their plumage.

Guineafowl's growth
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Eggs Nesting Chick Junevile

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Diet[edit | edit source]

In the wild, the guineafowl is omnivorous : it feeds flies, ticks, seeds, berries...

Domestic guineafowl can eat oat or maize, but they need grass to hunt and eat insects.

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