The guinea fowl is a large wild bird that is natively found inhabiting a variety of habitats across the African continent. Today, the guinea fowl has been introduced to various countries around the world as it is farmed by humans.
Fast Facts about Guinea Fowl
1. The guinea fowl is a ground-nesting bird and spends much of its time scratching around on the ground in search for something to eat.
2. The guinea fowl is a fairly resilient and highly adaptable bird and the guinea fowl is therefore found naturally in range of habitats.
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3. Wild guinea fowl can be found inhabiting jungles, forests, shrublands, grasslands and even areas of desert, depending on the abundance of food.
4. The Guinea Fowl generally weighs about 0.7 – 1.6 kg (1.5 – 3.5 lbs) and can grow as long as 71 cm
5. Today, guinea fowl are farmed around the world for their meat, eggs and feathers.
6. The female guinea fowl builds a nest out of twigs and leaves on the ground.
7. Guinea fowl eggs have strong outer covering but taste like chicken eggs, so many keep them for this purpose as well.
8. The guinea fowl has numerous predators wherever it happens to be. Mammals including wildcats, dogs, wolves and humans and large reptiles such as snakes and crocodiles. are the most common predators of the guinea fowl.
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9. The female guinea fowl lays between 8 and 15 small eggs which hatch after an incubation period of around a month.
10. The guinea fowl chicks, known as keets, remain with their mother until they are big enough to fend for themselves.