Breeds - guineafowl
| ||Helmeted Guinea Fowl||Helmeted Guinea Fowl have bald heads and necks, they have a ridge, or “helmet” at the center of their head. They may or may not have wattles, but if present, the male usually has larger wattles than the female.
Note that there are other color patterns, these are simply the most common.
For show, not all patterns are recognized.
Pearl is the most common color variety.
The feathers are gray to light purple in color and has white dogs, called “pearls”.
This is the natural, original color.
Lavender is similar to pearl but lighter in color, tending more to the lavender tones.
They have pearling all over their body.
White guinea fowl actually hatch out as white chicks rather than yellow, they are not albinos, but do have white feathers all over.
Royal Purple is not a recognized color, the birds are darker, tending to have purple tones, and pearling only on their lower flanks and wings.
Pied or Splash are guinea fowl that have some white feathers, this is the |
| ||Crested Guinea Fowl||Crested guinea fowl are the most aggressive of all guineas, and should not be considered “pets”.
They have bald head and necks except for the curly feathers on top of their head.
Crested guinea fowl are dark in color, often with a chocolate brown tint, and have white spots throughout. These tend to make the best guard animals and will chase intruders (and sometimes even their owner) away.
| ||Vulturine Guinea Fowl||The vulturine is the largest guinea fowl.
Their heads are bald, and resembles that of a vulture, and they have longer feathers down their lower necks. They are accented with blue, making them very striking in appearance.
They can become quite tame of hand raised.
Vulturines are social and need to be kept in large groups.|
| ||White-breasted Guineafowl (Agelastes meleagrides)||This red-headed type of guinea fowl is black with a long, black tail and white feathers on its chest.
In the wild, this guinea feedson seeds, fruit and termites.
It is native to various West African countries.|
| ||Black Guineafowl (Agelastes niger)||The guinea fowl breed is all-black with a bare head.
The black guinea fowl is native to Central Africa’s forest landscapes.|
| ||Plumed Guineafowl||Plumed guineafowl are found throughout Central Africa and are closely related to the Crested Guineafowl breed.|