Order Galliformes

Family Numididae

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  • Medium-sized, plump terrestrial birds, with small head, and extensive bare skin on head and neck; most species with crest or bony casque.
  • Afrotropical Region.
  • Wide variety of habitats, from dense rain forest to semi-desert.
  • 40-72 cm.
  • 4 genera, 8 species, 21 taxa.
  • 1 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Martínez, I. & Bonan, A. (2020). Guineafowl (Numididae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52222 on 26 January 2020).