Animal Class >> Birds
The male peafowl is known as Peacock and female is known as Peahen. Peacock has a extravagant tail, which it displays as part of courtship Peacock is designated as National Bird of India. There are two species of peafowl, Indian Peafowl and a green Peafowl. Indian peafowls are usually found in India, Pakistan and Sri lanka while Green Peafowls are found in Myanmar. The Indian male peafowl has beautiful iridescent blue-green or green coloured plumage. The so-called "tail" of the peacock, also termed the "train", is not the tail quill feathers but highly elongated upper tail coverts. The train feathers have a series of eyes that are best seen when the tail is fanned. The Indian female peafowl has a mixture of dull green, brown, and grey in her plumage. She lacks the long upper tail coverts of the male but has a crest. The green Peafowl has a more green and even gold plumage than the Indian Peafowl and even more brilliant color. The wings are black with a sheen of blue. The crest is of a very different shape and is tufted. The head is usually greenish in color but blue in many other species.
- Peacock is an incorrect term to refer Peafowls, the male peafowl is known as Peacock and female is known as Peahen.
- Peacock is the National Bird of India.
- The Indian Peafowl is monotypic i.e have only one species and Green Peafowl has 3 sub species P. muticus spicifer, P. m imperator and P. m. muticus.
- Peafowls are forest birds that nests on the ground.
- Peafowls are omnivorous and eat plant parts, flower petals, seed heads, insects and other arthropods, reptiles, and amphibians.
- They can be domesticated but there is fear of animals like dogs, cats and other animals.
- Peafowls have been called "urban guard dogs" because their distinctive cries can act as a warning of approaching people.