Guineafowl is a poultry endemic to Africa and rank among the oldest of the gallinaceous birds. While modern guineafowl species are endemic to Africa, the helmeted guineafowl has been introduced as a domesticated bird widely elsewhere.
Although the timing of their domestication is unknown, there is evidence that domestic guineafowl were present in Greece by the 5th Century BC. Let’s get to know more about this birds!
A Short Glimpse
Domestic Guineafowl is the best known of the guineafowl bird family, Numididae, and the only member of the genus Numida.
Native to Africa, mainly south of the Sahara, they has been widely introduce as a domesticated species, into the West Indies, North America, Australia and Europe.
Like other Guineafowl, this species has an unfeathered head, with more short and round wings and tail. They have identical color of its dark gray feathers with solid white spots on its body.
Guinea hens weigh more than guinea cocks, possibly because of larger reproductive organs in the female compared to the male.
After skimming through these animals, are you curious about their behavior? First of all, the Guineafowl is type of bird that likes to perch on trees at night in the wild.
Their common lack is, this animal has a noisy voice and easily get frightened! Therefore, on farm they needs a lot of monitoring compared to other livestock.
Not As Tame As Chicken
Although its name is guinea fowl and has a unique appearance, it turns out that this beautiful fowl will very rarely become as tame as a chicken. Having a wild nature, making this beautiful fowl quite difficult to tame. But don’t worry, because they won’t attack if you don’t disturb their comfort.