Pavo Cristatus

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Pavo Cristatus

Pavo Cristatus

BehaviorIndian peafowl live a very solitary life. All though they are large birds, they can fly. Still, they perfer to walk or run. They usually fly to roost in trees or to escape something bothering them.

DietIndian Peafowl are omnivores. Their diet usually consists of berries, fruits, grain, green crops, insects, small reptiles, and small mammals.

Pavo Cristatus is the scientific name for the Indian Peafowl.

TaxonomyKingdom-AnimaliaPhylum-ChordataClass-AvesOrder-GalliformesFamily-PhasiadeeGenus-PavoSpecies-Pavo Cristatus

HabitatOpen country bordering thick forrests, vegitation, and streams.

Location and PopulationIndian peafowl can be found in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Mexico, and in the U.S. They are the national bird of India.Their population is unknown, but is thought to be about 7 million.

AdaptationsFemale peacocks, or peahen, have dull coloring to camoflauge them so they can protect their babies safely. Males have colorful feathers to attract females.

DescriptionThe male peacock has iridescent blue and green plumage. They also have tail converts that are enormously long and ornate with an eye at the end of each feather. The female peahen has dull grey, blue, and green plumage. The average size of an Indian Peafowl is 34 - 42 inches and the average weight is 6 - 13 pounds. The male is twice as big as the female.

Predators and Life SpanTheir predators consist of wild cats and dogs, racoons, and tigers. They can live up to 18 years in the wild and 15 years in captivity.


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