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India Blue Peafowl

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  • Lifespan
    20 years
  • Interesting…Peacocks are an important symbol in many cultures.  It is the national bird of India.

Peafowl are famous for their bright display of colors.  The male is called a peacock and the female is a peahen.  The male is the prettier bird with an iridescent head and “eye” tail covert feathers.  The male’s tail reaches its prime during the spring mating season, growing up to 5 feet long.  During the spring and summer months, the male fans his tale in order to attract the attention of females.  He then molts, or sheds his feathers, until they are grown again the next year.  Females, called peahens, are the smaller grey birds.  They can also fan their tails, but only do so to protect their territory.  Females nest on the ground, usually laying 4-6 eggs.  However, if the eggs are removed, the peahen will continue laying eggs– up to 30 per year!  Babies, called peachicks, grow to be 8-14 pounds.  Peafowl are omnivores that eat plants, insects, and small reptiles. 

India Blue Peacock

Johnny sezJohnny says:“Like most birds, the male is more colorful than the female.  He needs his brightness to attract a mate, while the female needs to be camouflaged to protect her nest.”