There are seven species of wild guinea fowl, with the Helmeted guinea fowl being the most common and most well-known. Guinea fowl are very versatile but seasonal in production. They typically lay eggs as regularly as chickens, but only from April-May to September-October depending on the climate.

Reasons for keeping guinea fowl are varied but include meat, eggs, ward off rats, guard animals, tick control, etc.

There are at least 10 varieties of the domestic Helmeted guinea fowl although many of them are quite rare.

From the Guinea Fowl International Association

Color genetics of guinea fowl

Guinea fowl - Lavender

Guinea fowl - Pearl Grey