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The handsome and flashy Vulturine guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum) photographed #behindthescenes at @calacademy for the Color of Life exhibit.


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Genus #AcrylliumSeria
Family #NumididaeSeria
Order #GalliformesSeria
Class #AvesSeria
Phylum #ChordataSeria
Kingdom #AnimaliaSeria Length: 60-72 cm, Weight: 1025-1645 g
The adult has dark grey body plumage, heavily but finely spotted white. The tapered tail and the wings show the same pattern, but the secondary flight feathers are edged lilac. The bright cobalt-blue back and breast are overlaid with elongated, lanceolate, black and white hackles starting from the mid-neck. These narrow feathers “dance” when the bird is moving, giving it an elegant stance. The blue-cobalt colour of the breast contrasts strongly with the grey and black body plumage. The underwing show dark grey spotted-white coverts, and greyish-white flight feathers.
Head and upper neck are bare, with pale bluish-grey skin. However, we can see a bright chestnut patch on the nape, made with short, thick down. The lower half of the neck shows on the rear part some short, fine, black and white erected feathers, forming as a light ruff.
The strong bill is horn-coloured,
The eyes are deep red. The long legs and the feet are dark grey.
The juvenile has some streaked down on the head. It has duller greyish-brown plumage, barred and spotted, brown and rufous.
HABITAT: The Vulturine Guineafowl frequents the scrubs at lowland forest edges, but also dry and more open areas than other guineafowls. It can be found in arid thorn-scrub, in grassland with trees and bushes and in arid and semi-arid areas. According to the range, it frequents montane forest in Kenya, and forages in tall riverine Acacia woodland. It is visible up to 1900 metres of elevation.
RANGE: The Vulturine Guineafowl is sedentary in its range in S Ethiopia, NW and SW Somalia, arid parts of N and E Kenya and NE Tanzania #AfricanBirdsSeria #AfricanAnimalsSeria #AfricanGuineafowlsSeria
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Vulturine Guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum)

This weekend I caught up with some friends at the Indy zoo to sketch some of the animals. It has been quite some time since I have sketched from life, and I quickly realized that I do not sketch enough. So, today I sat myself down and began work on this vulturine guineafowl. 🙌

The single most beautiful feather I've ever seen. This picture doesn't do it justice! #vulturineguineafowl #acrylliumvulturinum #feather #beautiful #natureisawesome #colours #magnificent #plumology #bird #birdkeeper

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