White-breasted guineafowl

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White-breasted guineafowl
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Numididae
Genus: Agelastes
Species: A. meleagrides
Binomial name
Agelastes meleagrides
Bonaparte, 1850

The white-breasted guineafowl (Agelastes meleagrides) is a medium-sized, up to 45 cm long, terrestrial bird of the guineafowl family. It has a black plumage with a small, bare red head, white breast, long black tail, greenish brown bill and greyish feet. The sexes are similar, although the female is slightly smaller than the male.

The white-breasted guineafowl is distributed in subtropical West African forests of Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The diet consists mainly of seeds, berries, termites and small animals.

Due to ongoing habitat loss and hunting in some areas, the white-breasted guineafowl is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.


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