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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 05, 2021

Amaze-wing Facts About The Vulturine Guineafowl For Kids

One of the best vulturine guineafowl facts is that this strikingly beautiful species of birds lives in flocks or groups of 25-30 birds.

The vulturine guineafowl is the largest bird of the guineafowl family of birds. It is strikingly beautiful and is recognizable due to its beautiful blue breast and black and white plumage. Countries with a prominent population of these birds are the East African countries of Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

This bird's favored habitat is desert areas, savannahs, and grasslands, and a vulturine guineafowl breeds by laying eggs. Their average clutch size is between three and 18 eggs, with each hen laying around 40 eggs in one breeding season. The chicks of this wild bird hatch after 28 days of incubation, and when they are born, these chicks are well-formed and learn to fly within days.

The vulturine guineafowl population lives in flocks or groups but perches individually on trees. They may fight within their groups for food or for the best trees to perch on. Their diet includes seeds, tubers, roots, grubs, small reptiles, rodents, and insects. The entire world's adult vulturine guineafowl population is estimated to be about 10,000.

Find out more about vulturine guineafowls here, or learn more about the Arctic tern and Caspian tern.

Vulturine Guineafowl Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a vulturine guineafowl?

The vulturine guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum) is a bird.

What class of animal does a vulturine guineafowl belong to?

The vulturine guineafowl belongs to the Aves (bird) class of animals.

How many vulturine guineafowls are there in the world?

There are believed to be at least 10,000 mature vulturine guineafowls in the world.

Where does a vulturine guineafowl live?

The vulturine guineafowl is a wild bird that likes to live in dry desert, grassy areas, high perches, dry savannahs, and scrublands.

What is a vulturine guineafowl's habitat?

The vulturine guineafowl lives in dry regions. These are mainly savannahs, deserts, grasslands, or patches of scrubland, and thorn bushes. This bird likes to perch high on trees for nighttime roosting.

Who do vulturine guineafowls live with?

The vulturine guineafowl is a sociable animal, living with its flock even outside of the breeding season. The typical flock size is 25.

How long does a vulturine guineafowl live?

A vulturine guineafowl typically lives for about 15 years.

How do they reproduce?

Vulturine guineafowls reproduce by mating with another bird from their own clan or flock. Breeding pairs stay together for only one mating season. The female lays eggs after mating in a ditch in the ground which is lined with plants. Chicks hatch after around 28 days of incubation, are golden and brown in color and are very well developed. These chicks are able to fly within a few days

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of vulturine guineafowls under the IUCN is currently Least Concern.

Vulturine Guineafowl Fun Facts

What do vulturine guineafowls look like?

The vulturine guineafowl is one of the most strikingly beautiful, and colorful birds in the world. A chick has brown and golden-colored plumage and a dull blue body. However, it is on reaching maturity that they become the gorgeous creatures they are. The vulturine guineafowl is often termed 'the royal guineafowl' due to its beauty. They have a long neck, a long tail, and a naked head. Their breasts are a dazzling cobalt blue color, with lengthy white and black feathers. Their plumage is black and the feathers on their back have white dots. Their wings are round and short, and their hackles are white. Their heads are blue-gray, with a band of short feathers which are chestnut brown. Also, the eyes of these birds are red and their beaks are black and short.

Vulturine guineafowl birds are immediately recognizable due to their cobalt blue breasts with long, black-and-white feathers.
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How cute are they?

Vulturine guineafowl birds are very cute. The cobalt blue bodies and black and white feathers make these birds very regal in appearance.

How do they communicate?

Vulturine guineafowl birds communicate via loud 'chink-chink-chink' calls, much like the helmet guineafowl, only higher in pitch. They sometimes make these calls when under threat from a predator, and they can be heard from a distance.

How big is a vulturine guineafowl?

Vulturine guineafowl birds are the largest birds of the guineafowl family and are 24-28 in (61 – 71 cm) tall. They are about four times bigger than the white-cheeked barbet.

How fast can a vulturine guineafowl fly?

Vulturine guineafowl birds are known for not preferring to fly, hence their flight speed isn't well documented. The only time they are known to fly is to avoid predators or get to a high perching place. However, they are quick runners, reaching speeds of up to 22 mph (35 kph).

How much does a vulturine guineafowl weigh?

The vulturine guineafowl species weighs about 2.2-3.5 lb (1-1.6 kg)

What are their male and female names of the species?

Males of the species are called roosters and females are called hens. Roosters and hens look almost identical, with one of the only distinguishable features being that roosters tend to hold their heads higher.

What would you call a baby vulturine guineafowl?

A baby vulturine guineafowl is called a chick.

What do they eat?

The vulturine guineafowl species eats a diet including seeds, tubers, roots, grubs, small reptiles, rodents, and insects.

Are they aggressive?

The typical vulturine guineafowl temperament can be aggressive and violent and they often fight with members of their own clan to claim better territory or food. Males are very hostile towards hens as well. However, as far as humans are concerned, the vulturine guineafowl is considered to be a relatively tame bird, unlike the crested guineafowl which chases and attacks humans.

Would they make a good pet?

Sometimes, vulturine guineafowls are a wild species and they should be left in their natural habitats but domestication of these animals is on the rise. The exact number kept in captivity is not currently know.

Did you know...

The only relation a vulturine guineafowl has to vultures is that they have similar-looking heads. The 'vulturine' in their name comes from this resemblance.

When raised as commercial poultry (a trend that is growing), vulturine guineafowl can be used for both its meat and eggs.

The vulturine guineafowl is a wild bird endemic to North-Eastern Africa, ranging from southern Ethiopia to Somalia, central Kenya, and northern Tanzania. In Kenya, the birds can be found in the Tsavo East and Tsavo West national parks.

For vulturine guineafowls that are kept in captivity in farms, 2-3 ft2 (1858-2787 cm2) of coop space should be allotted to each fowl and a ratio of one male to five hens should be maintained.

Vulturine guineafowls are extremely territorial birds, often fighting each other for perching space on trees and food.

The vulturine guineafowl belongs to the Numididae family of animals. Although they don't fly much, they do so when a predator approaches, making a thunderous sound with their wings while taking off, meant to intimidate the predator. Their wings are black with white dots and are round as well as short.

These birds are from the order Galliformes. Galliformes is an order that contains about 290 species of birds such as turkeys, quails, and chickens.

What is vulturine guineafowl raised for?

Vulturine guineafowl domestication is on the rise. Vulturine guineafowls can be raised as commercial poultry, for their eggs and their meat, or as pet poultry (to be kept as pets). Vulturine guineafowls can be bought at poultry farms.

Why do vulturine guineafowls chase each other?

Vulturine guineafowls not only chase each other but also fight each other and they do this to get the best food and territory. Their attacks towards their own species can even prove fatal sometimes.

Here at Kidadl, we have created lots of family-friendly animal facts for everyone! Learn more about other birds including the glossy ibis, or the Indian roller.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Vulturine guineafowl coloring pages.

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