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Kenya Crested Guineafowl Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Guttera pucherani
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

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

  • Status

    Common. Lincoln Park Zoo cooperatively manages crested guineafowl populations with other institutions in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    Coastal forest and wooded savannas

  • Niche

    Crested guineafowls feed on seeds, fruits, roots and insects.

  • Life History

    Kenya crested guineafowl live in flocks of about 20 most of the year. Long-lasting monogamous pair bonds develop during breeding season, which lasts from April to June. Courtship displays include males darting around in front of females and spreading their wings. Ground nest sites are often located in dense cover. Both parents tend and actively guard their young until the latter are well grown. Chicks are born with white-stripe markings from neck to tail.


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