Friday, May 8, 2015

SOUNDS OF KENYA: Helmeted Guineafowl

These magnificent birds are Helmeted Guineafowl, or as I like to call them: the Mara Chicken.  They run around the Mara in flocks of three to thirty, scratching around in poop looking for fresh bugs and grubs to eat.  They must be capable of flight, but I’ve never seen it.  I’ve seen hyenas cubs chase them around and jackals consider taking a bite out of them, but I’ve never actually seen them fall prey to anything.  They’re gloriously goofy-looking and they’re a riot to watch strutting around, chirping at each other.  They are shy and afraid of the cars though, so I was really happy to get close enough to get these recordings:

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