Family Guineafowl (Numididae)

Least Concern

Black Guineafowl (Agelastes niger)


Taxonomy

French: Pintade noire German: Schwarzperlhuhn Spanish: Pintada negra
Taxonomy:

Phasidus niger

Cassin

, 1857,

Cape Lopez, Gabon

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Formerly placed in monotypic genus Phasidus, but thought to be closely related to A. meleagrides. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Nigeria S to N Angola (Cabinda) and E, N of R Congo, to extreme NE DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

c. 40–43 cm; c. 700 g. Distinguished from larger Guttera plumifera by lack of long plumes on pinkish head and unspotted plumage. Head bare, skin either rose-... read more

Voice

Gives musical, high-pitched “kwee” repeated frequently at rate of 2–3 per second... read more

Habitat

Dense primary rainforest, with possible preference for dense undergrowth; also occurs at forest... read more

Food and feeding

Basically insects, with beetles, ants and termites recorded; other invertebrates such as millipedes and small frogs. Plant matter includes... read more

Breeding

Probably monogamous. In NE DRCongo, breeds in almost any month, but mainly during drier period of Dec–Feb; elsewhere little known,... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: Safe. Total population may number 100,000–500,000 birds. Probably declining due to habitat loss and hunting... read more

Recommended citation

Martínez, I. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Black Guineafowl (Agelastes niger). 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/53525 on 20 April 2018).