Here is a photograph of a female guinea fowl and the parts of her body have been labelled.
This photograph shows the different parts of a female guinea fowl’s body.
Helmet/Casque – The helmeted guinea fowl has a pointed crown on the top of her head which is often called the casque.
Eyes – Guinea fowl have two eyes, one at each side of their head and the eyes should be dark and prominent.
Ear Lobes – Guinea fowl have two ear lobes, one on each side of their head and they are generally white in colour on this variety of guinea fowl.
Beak – Guinea fowl have an upper and lower beak. The upper beak is usually a light red colour fading to a yellowy tip.
Wattles – Guinea fowl have two wattles which hang below the beak. The female guinea fowl generally have smaller wattles. Wattles are fleshy skin and on this variety of guinea fowl they are red with white markings in the middle of the flesh.
Breast – The breast is at the front of the bird and should be broad and plump.
Wings – Guinea fowl have a set of wing feathers on each side of their body which allow them to fly.
Tail Feathers – The guinea fowl has short tail feathers that are the same colour as the rest of the plumage.
Vent – The vent is the external opening referred to as the anus or cloaca. This is the opening which allows the birds to excrete and for the females to lay their eggs.
Hock – The hock is the leg joint which bends in the opposite direction to a human knee.
Shank – The shank is the bird’s lower leg. Guinea fowl have two legs which have a scale like appearance and are a light pink colouring.
Toes – All guinea fowl have four toes on each foot. Three of their toes point forward and one faces back to provide balance. Their toes should be light pink colouring.
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