Nonnatives - Helmeted Guineafowl

Helmeted Guineafowl - Numida meleagris

Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1940's

Extirpated year:

Established status: Species have populations whose status is unknown.

Estimated Florida range:  2 counties  Not reported breeding

Statewide trend: Unknown status

Threats to natives:  Unknown.

Species Account: Native to South Africa. They were possibly released by the FFWCC at Lake Okeechobee in the 1940s (Robertson and Woolfenden 1992).

Habitats: Agricultural habitat

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
Dade 1988   Not reported breeding  
Palm Beach 1940's   Not reported breeding No recent sightings.


Robertson, W. B., and G. E. Woolfenden. 1992. Florida bird species: an annotated list. Florida Ornithological Society, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Stevenson, H. M., and B. H. Anderson. 1994. The birdlife of Florida. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

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