Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)

Order: Galliformes
Family: Numididae
Genus: Numida
Species: meleagris

Regional

This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Halifax, Massachusetts
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Jay, Oklahoma

Members' Notes:

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On Oct 8, 2018, Rattlerjake from Fayetteville, NC wrote:

To TonyO from Jay - NE - , OK (Zone 6b), that is a MYTH! Guineas are no different than other poultry in that they will eat ticks if they see them, but they do not deliberately go on the hunt for ticks. If you want to know the BEST tick remover it is the Virginia opossum. 'possums are meticulous cleaners, even better than a cat. 'possums travel through areas where ticks attach to them and when they remove a tick from themselves they eat them. There was a study done on this.

Guineas ARE great insectivores. They spend most of their time foraging for beetles, grubs, flies, centipedes, crickets, grasshoppers, and caterpillars. They also love to "graze" on tender grass shoots and weed seedlings. In pastures they will tear apart manure piles and feast on insect larvae and eg... read more

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On Oct 8, 2018, TonyO from Jay - NE - , OK (Zone 6b) wrote:

They're the best tick control you can ask for. Ticks are their favorite food.

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