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Indian Peafowl Feathers. Credit: USFWS

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Guineafowl Contour Feathers
Credit: USFWS.

Guineafowl Contour Feathers

Common Name: Helmeted Guineafowl
Scientific Name: Numida meleagris
Protected Status: Not protected by U.S. law or international treaty
Laboratory Section: Morphology
What’s the Story? The black-and-white feathers of guineafowl are often used for decoration. These birds are commonly raised in captivity, and use and sale of their feathers is legal


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