Guineafowl have significant value to African communities. They are potentially an important source of hunting revenue, are prey items for carnivores, and contribute to overall biological diversity. The objectives of Chelsea Taylor’s research study are to determine important demographic information about crested guineafowl such as reproductive demographics, survival and habitat selection, to determine what characteristics comprise successful nests, and to determine the effects of agriculture operations such as sugarcane on guineafowl populations at a landscape level.
Crested guineafowl (Guttera pucherani) have been shown to exhibit forest-inhabiting species traits (i.e. small population size, gregariousness, terrestrial foraging and nesting, and low annual survival and fecundity rates) which have been associated with a proneness to local extinction, indicating that with continued habitat fragmentation the species may be at risk of local extinction.