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Numida meleagris I

Numida meleagris I
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Africa I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-21 15:13
Viewed: 6384
Points: 24
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Helmeted Guineafowl

This is a gregarious species, forming flocks outside the breeding season typically of about 25 birds that also roost communally. Guineafowl are particularly well-suited[citation needed] to consuming massive quantities of ticks, which might otherwise spread lyme disease. These birds are terrestrial, and prone to run rather than fly when alarmed. They are, however, like most short- and broad-winged birds, very agile and powerful flyers, capable of hovering and even flying backwards when necessary.[citation needed] Helmeted Guineafowl are great runners, and can readily cover 10 km and more in a day. They make loud harsh calls when disturbed. Their diet consists of a variety of animal and plant food; seeds, fruits, greens, snails, spiders, worms and insects, frogs, lizards, small snakes and small mammals. Guineafowl are equipped with strong claws and scratch in soil for food much like domestic chickens. They have well-developed spurs and use these to great effect when fighting.

Information source

Range Description: This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 10,000,000 km². It has a large global population estimated to be 1,000,000-2,500,000 individuals (del Hoyo et al. 1994, Fuller et al. 2000). Global population trends have not been quantified, but populations appear to be stable (del Hoyo et al. 1994) so the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Native:Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Morocco; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Rwanda; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Regionally extinct: Saint Helena
Introduced: Antigua and Barbuda; Cape Verde; Comoros; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Madagascar; Mauritius; New Zealand; Portugal; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Sao Tomé and Principe; United States; Virgin Islands, U.S.; Yemen

BirdLife International 2008. Numida meleagris. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. . Downloaded on 21 January 2009.

This picture is taken in the Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda. Original format.

Personal Wev

Tv 1/250
Av 5.6
ISO 400
Focal 400.0 mm

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hello Ferran

excellent portrait photo of this funny looking African bird,
fine POV and appropriate vertical framing, beautiful colour tones,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hola Ferran !
Una imagen incredible de esta parajo ! Los detalles y la nitidez son perfectos en la piel de la cara y en las plumas. Me gustan tambien los colores del parajo, la composition y el punto de vista, y el fondo "blurred" (no se como decir esto en español :-)
Agradecidos y saludos,

Hi Ferran,
Excellent close-up capture of Helmeted Guineafowl; great fine details, good lighting and bright natural colours.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-21 16:24]

Hi Ferran,

This is one strange looking bird. I am sure he would not win a beauty contest. He is fascinating to see and looks a bit pre-historic. I love the horn on his head (that's what it looks like) and the rough strands sticking out. The red beak and white face are amazing. The one thing that is really pretty is his eye. Even the plumage is strange. An excellent shot with wonderful details and great colors. Thank you for the introduction.


Hola Ferran,
Muy buen acercameinto y excelentes detalles los que obtuviste.
La cabeza de esta gallina es como el mejor de los disfraces que uno se pudiera imaginar, con tantos colores y texturas.
Que bueno que la pudiste fotografiar en su ambiente natural.
Enhorabuena y gracias por compartir la foto.
Un gran slaudo,

hello ferran
you made a beautiful shot of this guineafowl with a good focusing on his eye, I like colors and sharpness very much
very well done

Hello Ferran,

great portrait of this rare bird.
Beautiful natural colours.


Hello Ferran,
Good focus and composition of this portrait.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-22 8:24]

Hello Ferran,
Beautiful portrait of this Helmeted Guineafowl. The focus on the head is very sharp. Very nice colours and a great OOF BG.
Good composition and POV.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-22 8:53]

Hello Ferran,
Excellent close-up of this Guineafowl showing great details and fine colours. Not exactly a beauty but the details are fascinating!!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Ferra,
Cool portrait of this odd looking Guinea Fowl.
I can't say I've seen them here in NZ but I'm sure there must be some.It seems to have a bi of a blue tinge to it. Sometimes the UV n very bright sunlight has tha effect and I often reduce the blue a little in post processing.
Cool post.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-07-30 3:01]

Hi Ferran,
excellent sharpness and fiull of minute details rreally deliver this shot into a fascinating presentation. The colours and light contrast is fabulous in making this bid head a beautiful one.


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