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GUINEA FOWL

(Numida meleagris)

We have one male that lives on the east side of the Main Building. He was born in 2008 and came to the Zoo in the same year.

ABOUT THE GUINEA FOWL

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.

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HABITAT

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

DIET

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 that can hover and fly backwards if necessary.
  • Young guinea fowl are called keets, and a group of guinea fowl is called a mob.