RFI Helmeted Guineafowl in Australia

To: SeanDooley <>, 'Trevor Hampel' <>, 'Birding-Aus' <>
Subject: RFI Helmeted Guineafowl in Australia
From: John Reidy <>
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 08:12:03 +1000
Hi All.

My wife and I spent a few days on Flinders Island a couple of years ago and stayed at Partridge Farm. There were plenty of Chukar Partridges around but they were domestic and free range. What the owners said was that the dominant males drive off the young males which spread around the island somewhat until the feral cats get them. They try and eat them before they are driven off though.

I guess that is not what you wanted to hear Sean.

Saw a couple of Common Pheasants though in different locations but I couldn't get information about their origin.

Happy Birding.


On 02/10/14 21:49, SeanDooley wrote:
In November 2002 I saw a good size party (15-20 from memory) of Helmeted
Guineafowl emerge from the bush on the outskirsts of Wyndham, WA and come
down to the puddles beneath the caravan park taps to have a drink. I didn't
tick them at the time but I wonder if anybody has seen this species here
since. Surely by now they would classify as self-sustaining if they were
still in the area and seemingly wild as these birds appeared?

It is one of those interesting twitching conundrums- just because a feral
species is admitted to the official list, it doesn't mean every population
or individual of that species somehow miraculously becomes a free-flying,
self-sustaining wild bird (and therefore by convention tickable). Trying to
ascertain the provenance of such birds can be quite tricky and therefore
probably important that sightings get reported on forums such as this or on
Birdline for future reference. (I am similarly awaiting for somebody to
confirm the continued existence of wild Chukar Partridge on Flinders Island
in Bass Strait where I saw them in 1995!)


-----Original Message-----
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Trevor Hampel
Sent: Wednesday, 1 October 2014 10:56 PM
To: Birding-Aus
Subject: [Birding-Aus] RFI Helmeted Guineafowl in Australia

Hi birders,

What is the current status of Helmeted Guineafowl in Australia?

I don't count the dozen or so birds which occasionally wander over to our
little patch of earth from my neighbour because they are kept in an enclosed
yard every night and rarely wander more than 50m from home.

However, when visiting the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo a few weeks ago we
saw a group of about 8 of this species wandering through one of the car
parks. Is this a self-sustaining population? They didn't seem constrained by
any form of enclosure.

Thanks in advance,


Trevor Hampel,
Murray Bridge,
South Australia.


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