Guineafowl, Kenya Crested


Guttera pucherani


Kenya Crested Guineafowl are chicken sized birds, weighing about 4 pounds and measuring 20 inches in length. They are dark gray to black in color with white spots. Their distinguishing feature is a crest of black feathers on the head. The skin around their eyes is red, while the rest of the skin is blue.

Family

Numididae

Order

Galliformes

Class

Aves

Range

Somalia, Kenya, northeastern Tanzania and the islands of Zanzibar and Tumbatu

Habitat

Scrub, wooded savannas, and coastal forests

Life Expectancy

Sexual Maturity

Diet

In the wild, their diet consists of fruits, insects, seeds and roots.

Status

IUCN - Least Concern

Behaviors

Kenya Crested Guineafowls live in groups of 20 and then separate into pairs for breeding season. Breeding season lasts from April to June. Usually, three to four eggs are laid at a time and have an incubation period of 28 days. Both parents will actively guard their young until they are ready to leave the parents. The adults then rejoin the larger flock.

Adaptions

Special Interests

Folklore

Conservation

Jacksonville Zoo History

Exhibit

Plains of East Africa