Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Creature Feature #291: Guineafowl
The Guineafowl are a Family of gamebirds native to Africa. The most well known is the Helmeted Guineafowl, who has been domesticated and as such introduced to other countries, including Australia, Brazil and France. Gregarious in nature, they gather in flocks outside the breeding season, roosting together. She lives terrestrially, devouring insects, seeds, fruit and even small mammals. Flocks can consume large numbers of ticks, which help to slow the spread of Lyme disease. During breeding season, monogamous pairs are formed and she will lay up to 12, thick-shelled eggs. The chicks are active within moments of hatching, and will be able to fly within two weeks.