Somalia, Kenya, northeastern Tanzania, and on the islands of Zanzibar and Tumbatu
Scrub or dense thickets and grass
Wild: insects, seeds, and roots
Incubation: 23-28 days
Clutch size: Normally 4-5 eggs, but up to 7
Overall dark gray to black covered with whitish spots. The most recognizable feature is the short curly "mop" of black feathers on the head. The rest of the head and neck are bare with blue skin. There is red skin around the eye and on the neck, eyes are red, legs are dark brown to black. The females are slightly smaller than the males.
Behavior: They are monogamous with strong and long lasting pair bonds. They are generally sedentary, but can cover considerable distances during daily wanderings
Reproduction: Lay mainly during rains, but throughout the year in equatorial zone. The nest is a scrape on the ground with sparse lining, mainly of dead leaves and grass, usually well hidden. Chicks have down that has dark longitudinal stripes. They can fly at about 12 days, and are fledging at about 30 days.
Did You Know?
- The guineafowl will fly in short, strong bursts, but often chooses to run rather than fly.
- It can be found roosting in trees.
Where in the Zoo?
I can be found in the following locations at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: