W&N watercolour on DalerRowney 220gsm heavy-duty sketching paper.

Be grateful for nature. Pay the thunder no mind – listen to the Guinea fowl. And don’t hate anybody.

The Helmeted Guinea Fowl is an African family of insect and seed-eating, ground-nesting birds resembling partridges, but with featherless heads and spangled grey plumage. They are the ultimate low-cost, chemical-free pest control and if your garden is already established and can withstand the scratching, you’ll have a healthy and pest-free garden. And be rewarded with some wonderful antics from these lovely birds. We used to have a lot of these lovely birds passing through our property, but sadly, due to progress and the area becoming very built-up, I am seeing fewer and fewer of them.

It is interesting to note that they are monogamous, mating for life.  The hens have a habit of hiding their nests, and sharing it with other hens until large numbers of eggs have accumulated. Females lay 25-30 tough-skinned, smallish, creamy eggs in a deep, tapering nest and undergo an incubation period of 26-28 days.  The chicks are called “keets” and are highly susceptible to damp. In fact, they can die from following the mother through dewy grass.  After their first two to six weeks of growth, they can be some of the hardiest domestic land fowl.

They are highly social birds, and hate to be alone. When you see a lone guinea fowl, it usually means trouble, like that the family has been scattered by a predator. Guineas spend most of their days foraging. They work as a team, marching chest to chest and devouring anything they startle as they move through the grass. When they discover a special treat — a rodent, for example, or a small snake — they close ranks, circle their prey, and move in for the feast. All the while, they keep up a steady stream of whistles, chirps, and clicks, a sort of running commentary on the day’s hunt.

6th November 2012 – SOLD 1 Greeting Card – thank you to the buyer!
8th December 2012 – SOLD 1 Greeting Card to Elizabeth Kendall – thank you my friend!
20th March 2013 – SOLD 1 Greeting Card – thank you to the buyer!
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23rd January 2014 – SOLD 1 Matted print – thank you to the buyer!

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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 2 years ago

    Very beautiful Maree, love guineas!

  • Oh, and so do I Elizabeth! Thank you for that fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 2 years ago

    May 13th, 2012
    See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges

  • This is wonderful Mary! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMabout 2 years ago

    lovely painting Maree

  • Pleased you like it Lisa and thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Moore Golding
    Elizabeth Moor...about 2 years ago

    That’s lovely Maree! Nice watercolour. The bird is very characterful!

  • thanks ever so much Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayabout 2 years ago

    Great painting, I love my guinea fowl! :O)

  • Aaaah, pleased you like it Vanessa, lovely to meet another guinea fowl-lover! And thanks for that fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Kittycat10
    Kittycat10about 2 years ago


  • Thank you very much Kitty!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Wayne Wood
    Wayne Woodabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations on having your wonderful image selected for featuring in the group “The Birds”.

  • This is really great Wayne! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Qnita
    Qnitaabout 2 years ago


  • This is great Qnita! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Alenka Co
    Alenka Coover 1 year ago

    This makes me smile, Maree. Your images of these birds capture their personalities so well. I can see our Native Hens in this :)

  • Thanks Alenka! Their personalities really shine through in their postures and I can just watch them for hours!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendall6 months ago

    Congrats on the SALE!!! Whoot! Whoot!

  • Oh yeah! It’s wonderful! Thank you Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

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