Numididae

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Numididae (guinea fowl; class Aves, order Galliformes) A family of grey or black fowl, mostly spotted white, which have bare heads, some with wattles or a crest. They have rounded wings, medium-length tails, and strong legs and feet, some with spurs. They inhabit forest and brush, feed on insects and seeds, and nest on the ground. The three species of Guttera are typical. There are five genera, with seven species, found in Africa. Numida meleagris (helmeted guinea-fowl) has been widely domesticated.

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