I definitely have a lot of different wildlife show up in my back yard; but NEVER a Helmeted Guineafowl! I looked outside the other day and this thing was running around my back yard and stirring up all the geese in the creek. So I ran outside (with camera in hand) to get a closer look. “What on earth is it?” I thought to myself. After taking several photos and a short video, I went inside to do some research to find out what it was. I posted a photo of it into Google and it came back with Helmeted Guineafowl.
Guineafowl are birds within the order of Galliformes, which also includes such birds as turkey, grouse, chickens, quail and pheasant, along with a few others. They are native to Africa and the most common of the Guineafowl, the “Helmeted Guineafowl” have been introduced in many other countries around the world, including the United States. Here in the U.S., the Helmeted Guineafowl can be found in many of the warmer states of the central and southern regions.
All I can say is that it looked strangely out of place running around my back yard in Minnesota, and the geese were much happier when it was gone!