Indian Blue Peafowl

Indian Blue Peafowl

Indian Blue Peafowl
Pavo cristatus


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Galliformes
FAMILY
Phasianidae

Range

India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka


Habitat

Open forests near streams


Diet

Grains, insects, flowers, fruit, and small vertebrates

Weight

Up to 13 lbs.

Incubation

28 - 30 days

Clutch

3 - 6 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Indian blue peafowl are the largest birds in the pheasant family.
  • Although this species is most commonly known as the peacock, only the males are true peacocks. Females are peahens and babies are peachicks.
  • Peacocks make a loud, distinct call that sounds like "may-awe, may-awe". It is usually heard in the early morning and late evening, and more frequently during breeding season.
  • Peafowl roost overnight in large groups in tall, open trees to stay safe from predators.
  • The peahen's drab coloration helps her blend in with her surroundings and protect her nest and young.
  • The peacock has striking blue and green plumage, a distinctive crest, and an unmistakable ornamental train of feathers. The long feathers are the male's tail coverts, which cover the base of the tail.
  • The peacock flaunts one of the most impressive courting displays of any bird. He will unfold his ornate feathers into a magnificent fan 6 to 7 feet wide and more than 3 feet high!
  • The Indian Blue Peafowl is the national bird of India.
  • The ornamental train (4.6 - 5.25 feet in length) accounts for more than 60% of their total body length.

 

Conservation

Common; legally protected in parts of its range.

Least Concern

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