INDIAN PEAFOWL

(Pavo cristatus)

INDIAN PEAFOWL

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The Indian peafowl or Blue peafowl can be considered a decorative bird. The male has a distinct morphological aspect when it fans its tail. Nowadays, there are also domestic peafowl all over the world.

CHARACTERISTICS
From a morphological point of view, the plumage is beautifully colored. The male’s chest and neck are metallic blue, its wings are light brown and its tail is composed of long feathers which bear colorful “eyespots”. 

BEHAVIOR
Peafowl are social birds. They live in groups made up of one male and 3-5 females.
After mating, the majority of groups are formed only of females and their chicks.
Although it is one of the largest flying birds, it spends more time running than flying. 

DIET
The birds begin searching for food early in the morning and in the evening. They feed on young snakes. Because they eat also young cobras, they are very appreciated in India.

REPRODUCTION
During mating, the males display the feathers of their tail in an arched fan.
Only females take care of their chicks.

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