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Guinea fowl feather, Pena de galinha da Angola (ou Capote) Ceará - Brazil

The guinea fowl (sometimes called guinea hen) are a family of birds in the same order as the pheasants, turkeys and other game birds and is native to Africa.


This is a family of insect and seed-eating, ground-nesting birds resembling partridges, but with featherless heads and spangled grey plumage. At least three of the species are poorly studied.


The species for which the information is known are normally monogamous, mating for life. However, occasional bigamy has been recorded for the Helmeted Guinea fowl (Madge and McGowan.


They are large birds which measure from 40-71 cm in length, and weigh 700-1600 g.


The Helmeted Guineafowl has been domesticated and introduced outside its natural range, for example in southern France, the West Indies, and esp. the United States. Brazil


The American Ornithologists' Union includes guinea fowl (Numididae) as a subfamily of Phasianidae.


Guineafowl have a long history of domestication, mainly involving the Helmeted Guineafowl. The young, called "keets" are very small at birth. The keets are kept in a brooder box inside the house until about 6 weeks of age, before being moved into a proper coop/enclosure. They eat lice, worms, ants, spiders, weedseeds, and ticks while on range or they can also eat chicken layer crumbles (one kind of commercial bird food) while housed in a coop.


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Taken on October 1, 2008