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Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris

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The Helmeted Guineafowl is a native to sub-Saharan Africa where it inhabits scrub and grassland regions.  The only member of it's genus, this species of guineafowl has a dark gray plumage covered in fine white spots, a naked blue and red head with a prominent, distinctive bony casque or "helmet". Helmeted Guineafowl are widely kept as a domestic for both meat and egg production and has been introduced in several regions around the world, including several islands in the West Indies.  This species of guineafowl has established feral populations on the islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, the US 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, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/helgui