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Numida meleagris

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Helmeted guineafowl often live in groups of 100 individuals or more. They have a complex
social structure however, whereby the dominant male assumes leadership of the group. These
days this species is kept for poultry farming in Europe. Back in the 18th century the first
individuals were kept in Germany. Today, they are bred in different colour varieties in captivity.


Order: galliformes, family: numididae


Omnivores – the main part of their diet is derived from plant-based sources such as seeds,
blossoms, roots and berries.


Helmeted guineafowl are found in savannas with trees as well as in steppes and semi-deserts.
A water hole in their habitat is a must and a place where these birds can often be found in
larger numbers.


Incubation: 24–30 days, 6–12 eggs

Status according to Red List/ distribution area

Least concern (LC)

Status according to Red List:Least concern (LC)

IUCN web page

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