Birds - Africaraw

Etosha National Park

Helmeted Guinea fowl (Numida meleagris) drinking & feeding at Nuamses waterhole. Etosha National Park, Namibia,
Biology Note:- The bony "helmet" known as a "casque" (French for helmet) is present in both sexes and the function is unknown. Note also the long blue wattles with red tips and the fleshy red ceres around the nostrils. The function of the ceres varies in different birds but i could not find information of its role in the guinea fowl.
Interesting to note that the USA has experimented with using the bird to control Lyme disease from tick bites http://www.guineafowl.com/fritsfarm/guineas/ticks/tickstudy.pdf)

Etosha National ParkHelmeted Guinea fowl Numida meleagrisNamibiaNuamses waterhole