A raucous, plump, ground-dwelling bird that often forms moderate-sized flocks in dry scrublands. When encountered, these flocks sometimes run swiftly away but can also burst abruptly into flight. Frequently perches in trees. This chickenlike bird has a dark gray body covered in white spots and a bright blue head with red wattles. Populations outside native African range are typically feral or semi-domesticated. Guineafowl make a variety of loud ratcheting calls, as well as a repeated “wick, wick-wick” that rises to an impressive crescendo, especially at dawn and dusk.