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Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris

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Helmeted Guineafowl is native to sub-Saharan Africa, where it inhabits scrub and grassland regions. The only member of its genus, this guineafowl has dark gray plumage covered in fine white spots, and a naked blue and red head with a prominent, distinctive bony casque or "helmet". Helmeted Guineafowl is widely domesticated, both for meat and for egg production, and has been introduced in several regions around the world, including several islands in the West Indies. Currently Helmeted Guineafowl has established feral populations on Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Martin, and Barbuda.

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Recommended Citation

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/helgui