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Vulturine guineafowl

Vulturine guineafowl

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Scientific Name:

Acryllium vulturinum


Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania.


Omnivore. Seeds and leaves of grasses, herbs, berries, fruits, roots, bulbs, insects , scorpions, spiders, and small molluscs.


Habitat: semi-arid acacia thorn scrub and grassland with trees and bushes.

Incubation:  23-32 days, eggs 4–8

Social structure: flocks of 20 to hundreds birds.

Weight:  max. male 1645gr, female 1523gr

Dimensions:  60-72 cm

Lifespan:  10-15

Estimated population in the wild:  common to abundant, stable

Threats:  There are no major threats to this species

IUCN Status: Least concern

Did you know that:

  1. They are named for their bald head and neck, which resembles a vulture.
  2. They can survive long periods without water.
  3. They have the ability to run at great speeds and rarely need to fly except when flying  to their nocturnal roost.

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