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Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)

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It breeds in Africa, mainly south of the Sahara, and has been widely introduced into the West Indies, Brazil and southern France. It breeds in warm, fairly dry and open habitats with scattered shrubs and trees such as savanna or farmland. This is a gregarious species, forming flocks outside the breeding season typically of about 25 birds that also roost communally. Guineafowl are particularly well-suited to consuming massive quantities of ticks, which might otherwise spread lyme disease. These birds are terrestrial, and prone to run rather than fly when alarmed.
Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris), Kruger National Park, South Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-300 mm at 122 mm, 1/640 sec at f/ 6.3, ISO 400
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.


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