Guineafowl (Numididae)

Crested Guineafowl (Guttera pucherani) - HBW 2, p. 566

French: Pintade huppée German: Kräuselhauben Perlhuhn Spanish: Pintada Moñuda
Other common names: Kenya Crested Guineafowl (pucherani); Crested Guineafowl (edouardi)

Taxonomy: Numida Pucherani Hartlaub, 1860, Zanzibar.
Forms superspecies with G. plumifera. Formerly considered to constitute two separate species, with recognition of G. edouardi (Crested Guineafowl), which included all of present races, except nominate pucherani (Kenya Crested Guineafowl); but thorough analysis of morphological characters concluded that the two were conspecific. Several other races described: sethsmithi, schoutedeni, pallasi, chapini and kathleenae now included in verreauxi; lividicollis and symonsi included in edouardi; and granti incl.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Numida Pucherani Hartlaub, 1860, Zanzibar.
Forms superspecies with G. plumifera. Formerly considered to constitute two separate species, with recognition of G. edouardi (Crested Guineafowl), which included all of present races, except nominate pucherani (Kenya Crested Guineafowl); but thorough analysis of morphological characters concluded that the two were conspecific. Several other races described: sethsmithi, schoutedeni, pallasi, chapini and kathleenae now included in verreauxi; lividicollis and symonsi included in edouardi; and granti included in pucherani. Five subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • verreauxi (Elliot, 1870) - Guinea Bissau E to NW Cameroon; E Congo E through Zaire to W Kenya, and S to W & E Angola and W Zambia.
  • sclateri Reichenow, 1898 - NW Cameroon.
  • pucherani (Hartlaub, 1860) - SW Somalia W to EC Kenya, and S to C Tanzania, Zanzibar and Tumbatu I.

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  • verreauxi (Elliot, 1870) - Guinea Bissau E to NW Cameroon; E Congo E through Zaire to W Kenya, and S to W & E Angola and W Zambia.
  • sclateri Reichenow, 1898 - NW Cameroon.
  • pucherani (Hartlaub, 1860) - SW Somalia W to EC Kenya, and S to C Tanzania, Zanzibar and Tumbatu I.
  • barbata Ghigi, 1905 - SE Tanzania S to E Mozambique and W to Malawi.
  • edouardi (Hartlaub, 1867) - E Zambia; Mozambique to NE South Africa (S to CE Natal).