“Frequently domesticated and included in exotic bird collections, the helmeted guineafowl is an easily recognizable bird and the most widespread game bird in Africa. In other parts of the world, feral and farm populations of these birds can be frequently seen and escapees are regular.”~birding.about.com
“Genders are similar with overall black or dark gray plumage with a dense, even pattern of white spots. On the wings, the spots are elongated to fine short bars. The neck is grayish black and may show a scruffy nape. The face is bare blue skin with bright red wattles at the base of the bill. The crown is topped with a brown or orange-brown “helmet” having a triangular horn shape. The thick legs and feet are gray.”~birding.about.com
“They do not come from Equatorial Guinea but “Guinea” was a name given to mean from an exotic, far away place, like “Turkey” for the North American bird (which has the Greek for Guinea Fowl, meleagris, in its scientific name) and “Muscovy” for the South American duck. The domesticated fowl often have white faces rather than blue and sometimes lose the white spots on their plumage.”~www.animalphotos.me
These were spotted at San Saba River Nature Park last year, around the month of May and were running noisily alongside our car.