Guineafowl: Vulturine guineafowl
Although extremely rare in captivity this is for scientists a species of least concern as it widely distributed across Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania.
A dirt scratching omnivore eating anything they expose as they disturb the ground. This could be tubers, seeds, insects, small vertebrates, snails and fallen fruits.
A North-east African resident of the savannah grasslands.
Similar too helmeted guineafowl this is a ground loving (terrestrial) flock bird. Only splitting into pairs for breeding and rearing “keets” – baby guineafowl).
Nests are made in the open savannah amongst bushes and trees with 4-8 eggs being laid
This bird has a bald head and neck like a vultures (hence its name).
Extremely pretty with vibrant blue feathers this is the largest species of guineafowl.
At The Zoo
We have two pairs of these strange but pleasantly pretty birds here. They are not on exhibit during the winter as the weather is too wet for them but can be viewed in the aviaries in summer from May to October each year