Crest of black feathers. Watties small. Fold of skin at back of neck. Tail of sixteen feathers. Fifth primary slightly longest. Male without spur. Sexes alike. Plumage black, spotted pale blue. Outer webs of outer secondaries margined white. Four species.
G. cristata. 20". The Black-collared Crested Guinea Fowl. Black collar at base of neck. Naked skin of head and neck cobalt. Chin and throat red. W. Africa.
G. edouardi. 20". The Black-chested Crested Guinea Fowl. Black collar extending over whole chest. Naked skin of head and neck purple, black round eye, and yellowish on back of neck. S. Africa.
G. pucherani. 20". The Curly-crested Guinea Fowl. No black collar. Naked skin of throat and neck red. Back and sides of head blue. Wattles red. E. Africa.
G. plumifera. 20". The Straight-crested Guinea Fowl. Crest of thin, straight feathers. Naked skin bluish purple. W. Africa.