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Vulturine guineafowl
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Vulturine Guineafowl

Acryllium vulturinum

About

Vulturine guineafowl get their name from the way their head looks: the top is bare, with brown feathers across the back, resembling a vulture. Like other guineafowl, they are well adapted to life on the ground. They are good runners and will typically run rather than fly if in danger. They live in open, dry habitats in eastern Africa, roosting at night off the ground, if possible, in the little vegetation that is there. They live in large flocks, communicating with vocalizations.

When the rainy season comes, a male and female make a nest on the ground. The female lays eggs and incubates them for about a month. Both parents care for the chicks, who can fly after just 2 weeks and join a larger group after a month.

Size
2 feet long and about 3 pounds in weight
Live in
Eastern Africa
Food
Seeds, other vegetation, arthropods, mollusks, small vertebrates
IUCN Red List Status
Least Concern
Vulturine guineafowl

Conservation

Vulturine guineafowl are at low risk of extinction, but they face threats of overhunting and climate change. You can help birds in your area thrive by planting native plants to provide habitat and food for them.

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