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A photo of a Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)
Helmeted Guineafowl

Helmeted Guineafowl

Numida meleagris

The helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris) is the best known of the guineafowl bird family, Numididae, and the only member of the genus Numida. It is native to Africa, mainly south of the Sahara, and has been widely introduced, as a domesticated species, into the West Indies, North America, Brazil, Australia and Europe. The helmeted guineafowl is a large, 53 to 58 cm (21 to 23 in) bird with a round body and small head. The body plumage is gray-black spangled with white. Like other guineafowl, this species has an unfeathered head, which in this species is decorated with a dull yellow or reddish bony knob, and bare skin with red, blue, or black hues. The wings are short and rounded, and the tail is likewise short. Various subspecies are proposed, differences in appearance being mostly a large variation in shape, size, and colour of the casque and facial wattles.
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