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Peacocks (Peafowl)


Peafowl are two Asiatic and one African species of flying bird in the genus Pavo of the pheasant family, Phasianidae, best known for the male’s extravagant eye-spotted tail covert feathers, which it displays as part of courtship. The species in general or collectively are referred to as peafowl. Although most people call the species peacocks, the word really only refers to the male bird.

  • A peacock is a male peafowl, the Peahen is a female Peafowl.
  • Babies are called chicks
  • Collective name for a group of peacocks is a party
  • A family of peacocks is called a bevy
  • Peacocks have a crested head and a very large fanlike tail marked with brilliant plumage adorned with iridescent eyes or spots.
  • There are 3 species of peacocks (peafowl).
    • Indian, or blue peafowl
    • Green peafowl
    • Congo peafowl
  • White peacocks are not albinos or leucistics. Albino animals and birds have a complete lack of color and red or pink eyes. White peafowl have blue eyes. The white color appears in other domestically bred peafowl but in different quantities.
  • Peacocks (male peafowl) are noted for their display of their brilliant tall plumage which attract the attention of the female during courtship. The trains of peacocks can be arched into a beautiful fan of feathers which reach across its back and touches the ground on either side.
  • Peahens choose peacocks as mates according to the size, color, and quality of their trains.
  • Peacocks stats and facts
    • Weight: 4 to 6 kg (8.75 to 13 lbs)
    • Body Length: 35 to 50 inches (90 to 130 cm)
    • Body Length with train: 5 ft (1.5 m)
    • Lifespan: 20 years
    • Diet: Peacocks are omnivores eating plants, flowers, insects and reptiles
  • Peacocks are highly sociable and require companionship.
  • Peacocks (peafowl) are forest birds that nest on the ground but roost in trees.
Scientific classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Phasianidae
  • Subfamily: Phasianinae
  • Genus: Pavo (Linnaeus, 1758)

1. Encyclopedia Britannica
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