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CRESTED GUINEAFOWL

CRESTED GUINEA FOWLGuttera edouardi

Conservation Status: Low Risk / Least Concern

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CLASS

Aves

ORDER

Galliformes

FAMILY

Numididaee

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General Characteristics:

Color: 

Blackish gray with white spots and lines

Size:

20-25 inches 

Weight:

2.5–3.5 pounds 

Average Lifespan:

10-15 years

Captive Lifespan:

Up to 65 years

Distribution:

Sub-Saharan Africa

Habitat:

Secondary forests and forest edge

Reproduction:

Mating: 

Varies depending on rainfall patterns

Gestation/Incubation:

24-27 days

Litter/Clutch Size:

4-7 eggs

Mature:

14-15 weeks

Diet:

Seeds, bugs and fruit

Behavior:

Highly social and vocal.  Usually live in flocks of up to 35 individuals.

Teaching Facts:

1. The timing of roosting is highly correlated to the time of sunset.

2. Has been seen foragin in association with vervet monkeys, feeding on scraps of fruit and fece that fall to the forest floor.