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Peafowl

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.

 

Facts:

  1. Peacock is an incorrect term to refer Peafowls, the male peafowl is known as Peacock and female is known as Peahen.
  2. Peacock is the National Bird of India.
  3. 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.
  4. Peafowls are forest birds that nests on the ground.
  5. Peafowls are omnivorous and eat plant parts, flower petals, seed heads, insects and other arthropods, reptiles, and amphibians.
  6. They can be domesticated but there is fear of animals like dogs, cats and other animals.
  7. Peafowls have been called "urban guard dogs" because their distinctive cries can act as a warning of approaching people.

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