About Guineafow, Plus Two Great Recipes
Guineafowl has become a mainstay in UK pubs. Guineafowl are native to Africa but, in the UK, the Helmeted Guineafowl, has long been domesticated. The bird is similar to the partridge, another popular game bird, but is distinguishable by its featherless head and black crest. The Vulturine Guineafowl is distinguished by a downy brown patch on the nape of the neck. Most breeds of Guineafowl are identifiable by their dark grey or blackish plumage that contains striking white spots.
In the UK the larger species, like the Plumed Guineafowl are rare. They are about 40-71 cm in length and weight between 700 and 1,000 grams, bigger than the typical Helmeted Guineafowl.
Most guineafowl are monogamous for life but the Helmeted Guineafowl are the exception to this rule. In the UK, these birds are called “gleanies.” Newly born guineafowl are called “keets” and are very small at birth.