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Vulturine Guineafowl

Vulturine Guineafowl
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-31 6:52
Viewed: 7555
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These birdspecies I’ve seen and photographed in Ethiopia in the wild a few years ago. This portrait comes from Welt Vogelpark Walsrode, Germany.

The Vulturine Guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum) is the largest and most spectacular of the guineafowl bird family, Numididae, and is the only member of the genus Acryllium. It is a resident breeder in northeast Africa, from southern Ethiopia through Kenya and just into the southern of Somalia and northern Tanzania. Locally common.

It breeds in dry and open habitats with scattered bushes and trees, such as savannah or grassland. It lays its usually 4-8 cream-coloured eggs in a well-hidden grass-lined scrape.

Vulturine Guineafowl is a large (61-71cm) bird with a round body and small head. It is longer in the neck, legs and tail than other guineafowl. The adult has a bare blue face and black neck, and although all other guineafowl have unfeathered heads, this species looks particularly like a vulture because of the long bare neck and head.
The slim neck projects from a cape of long, glossy, blue and white hackles. The breast is cobalt blue, and the rest of the body plumage is black, finely spangled with white. The wings are short and rounded, and the tail is longer than others in the family Numididae. It’s long and pointed.

The sexes are similar, although the female is usually slightly smaller than the male and with smaller tarsal spurs. Young birds are mainly grey-brown, with a duller blue breast and short hackles.

Vulturine Guineafowl is a gregarious species, forming flocks outside the breeding season typically of about 25 birds. This species' food is seeds and small invertebrates. This guineafowl is terrestrial, and will run rather than fly when alarmed. Despite the open habitat, it tends to keep to cover, and roosts in trees. It makes loud chink-chink-chink-chink-chink calls.

(Sources: ‘Wikipedia’ and ‘Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara by I. Sinclair and P. Ryan.’)

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Ciao Peter. Wonderful brilliant colours and impressive focused red eye in a great close up. Exciting graphic effects from the ploumage.


An amazing bird, indeed, Peter. Look at that beautiful and regal plumage! The picture is excellent with rich colours and details. The bird is so big it spills out of your frame :).

Hello Peter,
Very nice shot of this Vulturine Guineafowl, great focus, nice sharpness details, beautiful natural colours and very nice out of focus background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Hello Peter,
great capture of this interesting bird with fantastic colours and good sharpness. Very well chosen POV and a nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter,
What a fabulous image and a good note properly referenced. Guinea fowl are common in South Africa but, as you indicate in your note, this one does not occur this far south. I also commend you for stating that it was not taken in the wild. Best wishes.

Hi Peter, Very nice capture of this beautiful Guineafowl, fantastic vivid and saturated colours, excellent lighting and splendid sharpness, great effort here Peter and well done,
Best regards,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-31 9:10]

Hi Peter,what a strange bird and what a fantastic plums!Magnficent pic whit the top of sharpness and very impressive colors,perfect choice of point of view too,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Peter!
Wonderful pic with this colorful bird.Great sharpness and good details.This bird is not so ...handsome, but what a wonderful dress!!!! Good job, dear friend! TFS
Regards from,

Hello Peter,
Beautiful portrait captured with stunning colours and fine details. I also like the sharpness, POV and OOF BG. Well done!

amazing and majestic, greetings Ori

Hallo Peter,

zo alweer 1 uit Walsrode, was goede aanrader van mij.
Zeer scherp en met mooi oogcontact.
Prachtige kleuren.

Ciao Peter, great capture on wonderful vulture with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hallo Peter
super mooie opname met veel details
de veren van deze vogel zijn schitterend
mooie kale kop ,heeft wel wat
groetjes lou

Hi Peter,
An interesting bird, whatever it is..!
Subject well framed, and captured with good natural colours and fine details...

Amazing bird, fantastic photograph. regards yiannis

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-31 12:43]

Hello Peter.
Very impressive markings on this great bird. Well composed with a superb technique,well done.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter,
Like a Picasso!!!!.... Just impressive!... great POV, very artistic bird, eh!

Hi Peter,
Wow great color on the guinie fowl. It sure has a funny bald head and the red eye is out of this world. You come up with the darndest looking birds. Absolutly fantastic species.
Well done.

Amazing bird Peter! Excellent photo too. The colours are fantastic and the sharpness is impressive.
Regards ,

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-08-31 23:06]

Bonjour Peter,
Belle composition de ce volatile. Couleurs, netteté sont excellentes
Merci de cette présentation.

Hi Peter,
Splendid photo, great sharp and colorful details, fantastic subject, regards, Paolo

Bonjour Peter,
Cela ressemble à une très belle peinture bien éclairée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-01 6:40]

Very fine closeup of this beauty, the pattern and the color blue well captured. tfs.

Hello Peter,
What a spectacular capture with excellent details, colors and great sharpness.
Fantastic contrast against the green background.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi peter again wonderful bird subject, congratulations for picture and for info !

un saluto,


Desbordanre !!
Sorprendentes y bellas formas y colores. Acertado y efectivo encuadre.
Una gran fotografía Peter.

Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Peter, this is absolutely beautiful. The sharpness and detail are outstanding. Have a great weekend my friend, Bill

Hallo Peter,
a very beautiful portrait of this exotic bird, very good sharpness and marvellous colours, a very good visual impact
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-03 17:24]

Hello Peter,
such an exciting view. The feathers are amazing and the colours are splendid. Really lively view in its best simplicity.
Excellent shot with excellent job.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-09-04 10:45]

Hi Peter,

Spectacular is right - the Guineafowl and your capture of it. The face, eye and feathers are magnificent with the finest of details. The cobalt blue is so beautiful - I have never seen a bird with such a color. It is most striking looking with the white highlights and the red eye. Another of your wonderful exotic pictures.


Hello Peter!

Interesting specie - I've never seen before. Beautiful bird frozen in nice frame


Hello Peter.
This is unique looking bird with amazing plume details. Love the sharp close framing and the red eye is striking.
Thanks and kind regards.

Hello Peter

With its plumage it is an amazing bird !
beautiful portrait with expressive glance,
great focus, sharpness and details, TFS


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