West African bird having dark plumage mottled with white; native to Africa but raised for food in many parts of the world; SYN. guinea, Numida meleagris.
Chickenlike African bird of the family Numididae. The group includes the helmet guinea fowl Numida meleagris, which has a horny growth on the head, white-spotted feathers, and fleshy cheek wattles. It is the ancestor of the domestic guinea fowl.