Birds

Birds

Helmeted guineafowl


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Numida meleagris
PROFILE:

Helmeted guineafowl have a unique structure called a “casque,” which gives them their common name, since casque means “helmet” in French. The casque is a hollow, spongy structure made of keratin (just like your hair and fingernails). Helmeted guineafowl are both monomorphic and monochromatic. This means that both genders act (monomorphic) and look (monochromatic) quite similar.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird, Galliformes (chicken-like birds)
NATIVE TO:
northeastern, western, and southern Africa
CONSERVATION STATUS:
Currently Stable
DIET:
Omnivore
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 15 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Social; groups of up to 200 have been observed
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