Meet Our Animals > African Crested Guineafowl
Quick Facts
Native to Forests and savannas of Africa, including Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania
Primary Diet Seeds, fruit, leaves, roots, insects
Adult Weight 2 to 4 pounds
Lifespan 10 to 15 years
Status Least Concern

African Crested Guineafowl

Also known as the eastern crested guineafowl, this distinctive bird has a chicken-size body covered in dark plumage with white spots. The skin around their eyes is red, while their petite head is topped by a mop-like crest of black feathers or “toupee.” Guineafowl are fairly talkative, social birds commonly found in flocks of 20, making soft “clucking” noises as they forage for food in the dirt.


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Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary

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