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 Post subject: Guineafowl: Crested Guineafowl
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:39 am 
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This thread is about Crested Guineafowl only. If you have any photos of or interesting information about Crested Guineafowl you can post it here. Maybe you have made an interesting observation while watching Crested Guineafowl in one of the SANParks that you want to share with the rest of us; this is the place to do it.

Crested Guineafowl

Several species of Crested Guineafowl is found in Africa with Guttera edouardi (pucherani) being the specie found in South Africa.
The ranges for the different species can be summed up as:
G. p. pucherani - Eastern Africa, from southern Somalia south through eastern Kenya to central Tanzania; G. p. edouardi - Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa; G. p. barbata - Southern Tanzani, Mozambique and Malawi; G. p. verreauxi - Western Kenya, Angola and western Zambia; G. p. sclateri - Nigeria and Cameroon.

Some authorities place pucherani (Kenya Crested Guineafowl) as a distinct species and edouardi as a distinct species with 4 (more have been described) subspecies. Subspecies mentioned above with ranges.

In the wild, Crested Guinea Fowl forage for food on the ground. They consume insects, mostly, and also eat bits of vegetation. Normally, Crested Guinea Fowl travel in flocks of about 20, though in winter they form breeding pairs and nest before rejoining the flock in warmer months. Because they are not particularly swift in flight, when threatened, the Crested Guinea Fowl will kick rather than take to the air. However, many will fly into trees when disturbed.

Habitat: Varied, pucherani inhabits open woodlands, thickets and forest edge; edouardi inhabit thicker forested areas.

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Didn't know about the other relatives .

I have only seen G. eduardi (pucherani) in Zululand reserves -
still always keep a look out at the forests of Pafuri but still no cigar.

The curly crest and red eyes are stunning .


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I've searched for CGF's in the Pafuri area frequently, but never spotted one. Spotted a flock on Durban North beach in the dune vegetation. Not quite the same satisfaction though.

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The Northern Plains 4x4 trail which starts near Babalala and finishes at Baobab hill has a wooded section where I saw 2 separate groups of CGF. These birds are SHY and run like the clappers when they hear a car, which is probably why people don't see them so much.
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I've hung round Pafuri for longer than I care to mention looking for these birds so it was a delight to see them for the first time in November.


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I saw a little flock of about 5 CGF on the Mahonie loop in July 2005. I was so exited, I forgot to zoom in properly with SO's camera. :?


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Found this lost soul 2km from Skukuza running in the direction of Pretoruiskop on the H1-1. Has anybody else spotted Crested Guineafowl in this area? 8)

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Someone on SABirdNet reported (on 2 Apr) a single bird on the same road. It was seen foraging amongst a group of baboons.

And then there was the following response to that post by Neil Whyte. (His father is Dr Ian Whyte)
Neil wrote:
I spoke to my father (Ian) recently about another report of Crested Guineafowl around Skukuza. He said that although not common, there have been fairly regular reports dripping in about these birds, specifically near the bridges crossing the Sabi River. Where they come from is a bit of a mystery.....


I hope he doesn't mind me quoting him here.

So it seems they are not just seen in the Pafuri area. There might still be hope for you yet WTM

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Johann wrote:
Someone on SABirdNet reported (on 2 Apr) a single bird on the same road. It was seen foraging amongst a group of baboons.


I think this bird has an identity crisis, because we found it between a group of Baboons as well. :twisted:
My photo was taken on 30 March 2007 at 8:50.

:lol: WTM I would never want to cheese you off. :lol:

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That post was made on the 2nd of April and referred to weekend before then. So I would assume you saw the same bird.

@WTM Did I mention before? On 26 January 2007 we entered Pafuri gate on the way to Punda Maria for the HR's birding weekend. Before we reached the bridge over the Levuvhu we saw a small group of about 8-10 Crested Guineafowl. Had a quick stop at Pafuri picnic site then off to Crooks. On the way there (or maybe on the way back, can't remember so lekker) we found another group.
Off to Punda for our overnight stop. Next morning we returned to the Pafuri area and when doing the Nyalaloop we found another group forgaging in an extremely dry area. :twisted:

Did we mention that we saw Narina Trogon on the same morning at Crook's Corner? Just thought you might wanna know :twisted:

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Seen these several times over the years - but these are the first that were co-operative since taking up photography. On the nyala road at Parfuri.

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I have yet to see this bird. What is the furthest south in Kruger that it has been seen?

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Apart from the odd report above of sightings around Skukuza, every other one I have heard of is around Punda or Parfuri - and thats where I have seen them as well. Once on the Mahonie loop several years ago, and a few times at various points around the Parfuri area.

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sorry BB, only seen them on the mahonie loop and near Pafuri pic nic spot

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BB, I first saw them on the Flycatcher Trail many years ago and then at the Pafuri picnic spot. Also in the Soupansburg this last trip.

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