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Numida meleagris

Numida meleagris
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Copyright: Lucas Aguilar (laguilar) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 63] (213)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus Camedia C-765 UZ
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-17 3:20
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Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]

Class: Birds
Order: Galliformes
Family: Numídido
Height: 53-63 cm
Habitat: sheets, steppes arbustivas and slightly dense forests
Distribution: great part(report) of Africa
Nourishment: Omnivorous, especially vegetables.
Putting: 6-14 eggs
Incubation: 25-30 days


Head and neck largely without feathers, with the skin or bluish whitish of blue, characteristic color the facial red appendices. The plumage is in the habit of being a blackish grey with white spots. The female belongs similar to the macho, being this of minor size.


They are omnivorous, feed especially of vegetable matter, seeds, tubers, bulbs, berries and flowers. They feed in zones of culture, specially, of the fallen grain. The invertebrates only constitute a small proportion. Reproduction With putting from 6 to 14 eggs that are incubated during a period from 25 to 30 days. Monogamouses, but the couple is not kept out of the epoch of baby. On having begun the epoch, the macho, it can try to court several females. The nest is a depression in the soil, cover of leaves and grass, normally placed in zones of high grass.

Customs and social life:

They are social birds and form flocks, which sometimes come to the thousand of individuals. When these groups move, they cross several kilometres during the day and the lloegar the night is raised to the trees to sleep, thing that also they do in case of danger; in these cases, they can run to great speed. It is curious to see to a group of these birds to approach a drinking-trough since they make it individual for individual, in rigorous order. State of conservation. Very abundant bird at liberty, also one raises them in captivity for his tame character and vallued meat. It is frequent the zoological parque to find her in all.

From the zoo de Jerez de la Frontera.

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Hi Lucas

Aren't these guys ugly! Looks like a face made of mushy wet concrete and painted by a young child in bright colours. Nice work. Thanks.

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