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Gewone tarentaal - Helmeted Guineafowl

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Numida meleagris
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Gewone tarentaal - Helmeted Guineafowl
Helmeted Guineafowl
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Distribution - Africa, mainly south of the Sahara; populations introduced in the West Indies and southern France. Often domesticated and sold in supermarkets.

Habitat - The Helmeted Guineafowl prefers bush, woodland and shrubbed grassland.

Biological details - Height 58-64 cm, weight 1.3 kg. This is a gregarious species, forming flocks outside the breeding season typically of about 25 birds. If disturbed the whole flock will rise, fly for between fifty and four hundred meters, usually down wind, and start running. This guineafowl is terrestrial. At night they roost in trees. It makes loud harsh calls when disturbed.

Diet - Seeds, bulbs, tubers, berries, insects.

Breeding - Usually breeds in or just after the rainy season(s) and can lay up to 20 eggs.

Other names- UK Reichenow's Guineafowl, Tufted Guineafowl, NL Helmparelhoen, F Pintade de Numidie, Pintade sauvage, Pintade commune, D Helmperlhuhn, IT Faraona, Gallina di Numidia, ES Pintada Común, S Hjälmpärlhöna, FI Helmikana, PT Fraca da Guiné HU Gyöngytyúk

Weblinks
puntje www.kenyabirds.org.uk/h_gfowl.htm
puntje www.gateway-africa.com/fuanaflora/Birds/Helmetedguineafowl.html
puntje www.fact-index.com/h/he/helmeted_guineafowl.html
puntje Jean Lebrun: Parelhoenders. (Dutch)
puntje www.world-of-animals.de/tierlexikon/tierart_Perlhuehner.html (German)
Books
puntje Ian Sinclair - A photographic guide to birds of Southern Africa. Struik Publ., ISBN 1-86872-553-7
puntje Ian Sinclair et al. - Sasol birds of Southern Africa. Struik Publ. ISBN 1-86872-033-0
puntje Kenneth Newman - Newman se voëls van Suider-Afrika.SAPPI. ISBN 1-868-12-758-3
puntje Vincent Carruthers (ed.) - The Wildlife of Southern Africa. Struik Publ. ISBN 1-86872-451-4

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