Helmeted Guineafowl

Helmeted Guineafowl

Check out Australia Zoo’s Helmeted Guineafowls!

Australia Zoo is home to many spectacular bird species, including the helmeted guineafowl.  Take a stroll through our Rainforest Aviary for your chance to see them up close and personal!

 

Helmeted Guineafowl full body from profile view as they walk.

 

Guineafowl are widespread throughout much of Africa and inhabit bush, forests and grasslands. They are omnivores and will spend the daylight hours foraging for grubs, insects, small reptiles, seeds, grasses and other native vegetation! As a popular domestic pet, they are known to be an effective tick and parasite eater, eliminating these pests from their foraging range.

 

Helmeted Guineafowl close up to the neck and head.

 

These birds are highly monogamous and will mate for life! The female will lay up to 20 eggs that will incubate for around 28 days! The fledgling process will be guided by both parents and lasts around 10 weeks.

 

Guineafowl are highly domesticated and adaptable to their environment. Woo-hoo!

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Aves

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Numida

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    meleagris

  • height of animal icon
    Height

    42 - 47 centimetres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    Up to 1.8 kilograms

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Omnivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Incubation

    28 days