August 2010

Dejected Leopard Harassed by Guinea Fowl in the Wild

I've written about Guinea fowl before, but this video, which shows just how aggressive Guinea fowl can be, is fascinating. These are wild African Guinea fowl in their natural habitat, but you can still see the same characteristics in their domesticated cousins. The call of the Guinea fowl is positively identical to those of a Pearl Helmeted Guinea fowl in the U.S. Notice too the way all the Guinea fowl work together.

Guinea Fowl

Guinea fowl are a bird species

native to Africa, of the Galliformes species. They are seed-eaters, and insect eaters, and are often thought to be an odd species of partridge. Though there are a number of sub-species of Guinea fowl in Africa, they tend to be fairly large birds, and only a few have been successfully domesticated. Of those species, the Helmeted Guineafowl has been particularly successful in domestication, and has been introduced in southern France, the West Indies, and the United States. The Helmeted Guineafowl are known as Pintade, in France, and, sometimes, in the UK as Gleanies. The young are called keets, and tend to be quite small at hatching.