Guinea Fowl

(Numida meleagris)


Animal Info

The Zoo is home to two guinea fowl. They live on the east side of the Main Building. Both hatched on 2008 and arrived at the Zoo the same year.

Status in the Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. It is estimated that two million live in the wild.


This species inhabits western, northeastern and southern Africa. They prefer to live in woodlands, shrub-filled grasslands and open savanna.


Guinea fowl are omnivores, eating seeds, fruits, greens, snails, spiders, insects, frogs and small lizards.

Did you know?

Guinea fowl are a social species, living in flocks of up to 25 birds that roost communally.

The guinea fowl has a long history of domestication for consumption of its eggs and meat and, more recently it has been used for pest control, such as to control the tick population to curb the spread of lyme disease.

Guinea fowl are generally terrestrial. They are prone to run rather than fly when alarmed, but are agile and powerful flyers.

Young guinea fowl are called keets, and a group of guinea fowl is called a mob.

Keets develop their wing feathers very early, and within a week or two, can fly enough to roost in trees with the adults.

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