Family Guineafowl (Numididae)

Least Concern

Plumed Guineafowl (Guttera plumifera)


French: Pintade plumifère German: Schlichthauben-Perlhuhn Spanish: Pintada plumífera

Numida plumifera


, 1857,

Cape Lopez, Gabon


Closely related to G. pucherani. Races intergrade in NE Congo. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. p. plumifera (Cassin, 1857) – S Cameroon, N Congo and CN & S Central African Republic S through Equatorial Guinea and N & W Gabon to N Angola (Cabinda).
  • G. p. schubotzi Reichenow, 1912 – N DRCongo E to W Rift Valley, S into forests W of L Tanganyika.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 45–51 cm; c. 750–1000 g. Only likely to be confused with G. pucherani, which has shorter and looser crest, less prominent gape wattles, plain black... read more


    Poorly described in the literature; contact calls between flock members are far-carrying sharp... read more


    Mainly restricted to primary forest; also occurs in very mature secondary growth, usually with... read more

    Food and feeding

    Omnivorous: plant matter, such as seeds, roots, shoots, fruits and leaves; animals, especially invertebrates, including snails, slugs,... read more


    Laying dates variable, and probably not seasonal, although drier months apparently avoided; Mar and Sep in DRCongo. Probably monogamous and... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: Safe. Total population may number 10,000–100,000 birds. Generally appears to be rather uncommon, and probably... read more

    Recommended citation

    Martínez, I. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Plumed Guineafowl (Guttera plumifera). 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 on 25 March 2019).