Crested guineafowl in exhibit

Crested Guineafowl

Scientific Name

Guttera pucherani






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


Coastal forests and wooded savannas

Estimated Wild Population

Crested guineafowl in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Crested guineafowls are chicken-sized birds with dark gray to black plumage and whitish spots. Their most recognizable and namesake feature is the mop-like crest of black feathers on top of their head. Adults average 20 inches in length from head to tail and feed on seeds, fruit, roots, and insects. They live in flocks of about 20 birds for most of the year and form long-lasting monogamous pairs. Females lay eggs in densely covered ground nests, and both parents tend and guard their young until maturity.

Interesting Fact 1

Crested guineafowls resemble domestic chickens and make a comprable "clucking" noise when scratching at the dirt in search of food.

Interesting Fact 2

Chicks are born with white stripes that fade over time.

Interesting Fact 3

During courtship displays, males dart around females and spread their wings.

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