Guinea fowl

Theme area:  El cañón de las aves
Scientific name:  Numida meleagris
Class:  Birds
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Grasslands and steppes
Diet:  Omnivore
Weight:  1.5 - 2 kg
Size:  50 - 60 cm
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Impossible to distinguish between the sexes

Originating from Central Africa, it has spread throughout the African continent and Madagascar.

It does not present sexual dimorphism, males and females are apparently the same and cannot be easily distinguished except by their behavior. It has been domesticated and naturalized outside its natural geographic distribution.

Although their diet is primarily herbivorous they also feed, to a lesser extent, on invertebrates.

They are monogamous, but the pair do not stay together outside the breeding season. They nest on the ground and the clutch consists of 6-12 eggs and incubation is 25-30 days.

They are social birds that form flocks of up to a thousand individuals. They move on the ground and are very fast, although at night or when they feel threatened, they climb trees.

Conservation status
Extinct
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Endangered
Vulnerable
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated

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in addition to fruits and seeds, it feeds on scorpions and insects?
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