Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris
Helmeted Guineafowl, Mole NP, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

Mole NP, Ghana
June 2011

The Helmeted Guineafowl is distributed in most of Africa south of the Sahara. It has also been introduced into many other parts of the world either as a food source or in wildfowl collections. In the wild it is found in a wide variety of habitats but is particularly common in savanna country. It congregates in large numbers near waterholes as was the case in the large waterhole at Mole National Park.

There are a large number of races described. This example is of N. m. galeatus found in West Africa. This sub-species has whiter bare skin on the head (a light blue colour in most other races) and it has a smaller casque on the top of the head.

It is omnivorous feeding on plant food and insects including ticks picked off the back of warthogs.

A common call is a hard, grating rattle.

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