Peacock By : Joanna Nunez

scientific name

Pavo cristatus

Range

southeast Asia and central Africa and central america

Diet

These birds aren't picky and actively hunt insects, arthropods and small rodents, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. They forage for fruits, berries, seeds, grains, wild figs, drupes, seed heads and flower petals, and are known to feed on cultivated crops as well.

Physical description

The blue peacock lives in India and Sri Lanka, while the green peacock is found in Java and Myanmar (Burma). A more distinct and little-known species, the Congo peacock, inhabits African rain forests. Peafowl such as the blue peacock have been admired by humans and kept as pets for thousands of years.

Breeding info

Peacock eggs are about three times the size of chicken eggs, and smaller than goose eggs, light tan or ivory in color. The mother lays usually 4-6 eggs in a short period in spring, though we had one lay on top of a pickup camper and hatch her peacock babies in October! We tried to care for them with a cage and light to warm them, but it was just too cold and they didn't make it. It's a tough world.

Special behavior

The peacock, the male peafowl, sports spectacular iridescent feathers in shades of browns, blues and greens. His tail feathers often span 7 feet in width and stand 3 feet in height when held erect and fanned out on display. He fans his impressive tail to catch the peahen's eye during breeding. He will parade in front of the peahen with pride. The mature peacock will also spread his tail to show off to younger peafowl.

weird interesting

Interesting Peacock Facts: Male peafowl is called peacock while female is called peahen. They are one of the largest flying birds. Their length (including tail) can reach 5 feet.

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Credits:

Created with images by DanielAlon - "peacock white courtship" • foto-augenblick - "white peacock peacock bird" • Cristian Ştefănescu - "La Parade Nuptial" • Minarae - "Mean ass bird" • Boston Public Library - "A prize peacock shows himself off at the St. Augustine alligator farm, Route A1A, St. Augustine, Florida" • brendan-c - "Arboretum Peacocks #mother #baby #peacock" • MichiBieri - "zoo peacock head" • gnomonic - "White Peacock" • DanielAlon - "peacock white birds" • amslerPIX - "610_4950" • just_maan - "white peacock.." • irinaraquel - "Jesse Arms Botke - White Peacocks" • shawnzrossi - "DSC01642"

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