Blue peafowls make their homes in open and tropical forests, in India and Sri Lanka.
They are omnivores and will eat a mix of insects, fruit, vegetables, seeds and snakes.
Peafowl spend their day on the ground, finding food, returning at dusk to trees where they roost for the night. They keep to the same roost and feed in the same place.
The male has a bright blue breast and neck and a long metallic green train with distinctive eye markings. The female on the other hand has a chestnut brown breast and neck and no train.
Males display to females by showing and shaking their impressive tail feathers. 4 to 8 eggs are usually laid in a nest, which hatch after around one month.
The blue peafowl is revered and protected by law in its native habitat. It is now also common as an ornamental bird throughout the world and would appear to be in little danger of extinction.
- Latin Name: Pavo cristatus
- Class: Birds
- Order: Galliformes
- Family: Phasianidae
- Conservation status: Least Concern
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