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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Phasianidae
Genus:Pavo
Genus species:Pavo cristatus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:86-120 cm
Identification:Both sexes of the Indian peacock have a fan-shaped crest of feathers on the head, a white patch under the eyes, and a long slender neck. Males are known for their long colorful trains with eyespots. Female peacocks are brown with some metallic green plumage.
Habitat:Forests, semi open country
Diet:Omnivore: grain, berries, green crops, insects, small reptiles and mammals
Reproduction:At the start of the breeding season, males display their elaborate trains to females. Nests are a simple scrape in the undergrowth. Females lay 4-6 eggs and incubate them for 28 days.
Outside of the breeding season, small flocks containing one male and 3-5 hens will form.
Behavior:Foraging is done in the early morning and at dusk.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Peacocks are especially popular in zoos, parks, and gardens.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Central Asia Date:1966-01 Subjects:Indian peacock
upland ground bird
Blue peacock
Peafowl
Pavo
Phasianidae
Galliformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata