The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Helmeted Guineafowl

Afrikaans name: Gewone Tarentaal

Helmeted Guineafowl in Kruger National Park

Helmeted Guineafowl

Photo © Steven Herbert

Numida meleagris

The Helmeted Guineafowl is a well-known bird and it is found over most of South Africa.

It is found in savanna, woodland, grassland and farmland.

The Helmeted Guineafowl is a gregarious bird that can be found in small to large flocks.

Helmeted Guineafowl in Kruger National Park

Photo © Steven Herbert

Males have a larger casque on the head than that of the females.

The female lays a large clutch of eggs - sometimes numbering over 20.

The other species of Guineafowl found in South Africa is the Crested Guineafowl.

References and further reading

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 47

Wild Issue 41 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 77

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 72

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 39

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 79

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 46

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 13

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 110

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 134

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 97

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 178

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 138

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 182

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 135

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 409

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 126

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 100

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 2

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 148

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 148

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 44

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 102

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 156

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 52

Gamebirds and Waterfowl of Southern Africa - Author: CG Finch-Davies, Dr Alan Kemp - Published: 1986 - Page: 117

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 170

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 49

First Field Guide to Animal Tracks of Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2003 - Page: 12

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 179

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 82

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 29

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 24

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 72

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 66

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 93

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 54

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 28

Adventure Trails in Kirstenbosch - Author: Daphne Mackie - Published: 2012 - Page: 95

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 72

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 160

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 160

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 92

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