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Peacock Facts

Did you know that peacocks are the most beautiful birds in the world? Or that they were originally domesticated from wild peafowls?

There are many reasons why peacocks are so beautiful. In this article, we will explore these reasons and how they apply to our lives. We will also look at the history of peacocks and see how they relate to us as humans.

Peacock Facts for Kids

  • A group of peacocks is called an ostentation or a pride.
  • A Peacock is also known as a peafowl.
  • Their diet includes seeds, plants, insects, and small reptiles.
  • Peacocks can fly, but they mostly stay on the ground.
  • Female peacocks are Peahens
  • Babies are called peachicks.
  • They live for 10 – 25 years

Types of Peafowl

Indian Peafowl

The Indian Peacock (also known as the blue peafowl) is a species of peafowl native to the Indian subcontinent. It is brightly colored and has a long train of covert feathers raised into a fan and quivered in a display during courtship.

Peacocks are large birds with iridescent greenish blue feathers on their crown, bronze-green feathers on their back, a dark brown tail with 200 feathers on each side, and an elaborate eye spot on each feather.

Peafowl is best known for their extravagant display feathers, which are made up of enormously elongated upper tail coverts. They forage on the ground in small groups, known as musters, and tend to stay covered during the day’s heat.

Green Peafowl

The green peafowl is an endangered bird in Southeast Asia. It is the national bird of Myanmar.

Green peafowl is a large bird, among the largest living galliforms in terms of overall size, and has a wingspan of 1.2 – 1.6 m (3 ft 11 in – 5 ft 3 in). The males call from their roost sites at dawn and dusk.

The green peafowl was widely distributed in Southeast Asia in the past, but its range has reduced with habitat destruction and hunting.

Facts for Kids
Facts for Kids

Congo Peafowl

The Congo peafowl, also known as the African peafowl or mbulu, is a species of peafowl native to the Congo Basin.

The peacock is a large bird of up to 64 – 70 cm (25 – 28 in) in length. It has bare red neck skin, grey feet, and a black tail with fourteen tail feathers.

The Congo peafowl is an omnivore that eats fruits and insects. It is monogamous and has a loud duet call.

What type of animal is a Peacock?

A peacock is an exotic bird from India and Southeast Asia. It is known for its beautiful plumage, which consists of long feathers on its tail and head. The male displays his magnificent plumage by fanning them out during courtship.

Where does a Peacock live?

India and Sri Lanka are the two countries where the blue peacock can be found. There are also green peacocks in Myanmar and Java, and Congo peacocks in Africa’s rain forests. Of course, you’ll find them in aviary and zoos worldwide.

Are peacocks friendly?

They are very friendly birds. They love people, and they enjoy spending time around them.

They also have an interesting way of showing off their beauty. Peacock feathers are used for decorative purposes all over the world.

Peacocks are known as beautiful and elegant birds. Their tail feathers make them stand out from other birds.

Their tails are made of long and colorful feathers, often used to decorate homes.

What class of animal does a Peacock belong to?

Peacocks belong to the Aves class of animals and are also called peafowl. The peacock dances during the rainy season, and it is one of its defining features. India’s national bird and Burma’s national symbol are peafowls.

What is a Peacock’s habitat?

Peacocks live in open lowland forests, farms, and agricultural fields. They also live both in tropical and dry climates. It is not uncommon for these birds to roam in parks and cities in search of food.

How do peacocks reproduce?

In the breeding season, peacocks advertise their sexual and physical fitness with their blue and green tail feathers. Natural selection is at work here when peahens prefer males with colorful tail feathers.

Peacocks spread their tail feathers (called trains) and strut about, shaking them to attract peahens’ attention during courtship.

Mating season is late February and runs until early August.

While selective breeding has made some crazy color combinations, these birds come in a rainbow of colors.

What do Peacocks look like?

They have beautiful feathers and are very colorful.

They are large birds with long tails and colorful feathers. The male has a beautiful plumage of black, white, blue, green, red, and yellow feathers. The female has a less elaborate but attractive plumage, mainly browns, and greys.

How big is a Peacock?

Length: Males, 70 to 98 inches (180 to 250 centimeters). Females, 35 to 43 inches (90 to 110 centimeters)

Wingspan: Males, 51 to 63 inches (130 to 160 centimeters). Females, 31 to 51 inches (80 to 130 centimeters)

Train length: 55 to 63 inches (140 to 160 centimeters)

Weight: Males, 8 to 13 pounds (3.8 to 6 kilograms). Females, 6 to 8.8 pounds (2.8 to 4 kilograms)

What do peacocks eat? 

Peacocks are opportunistic omnivores. Their favorite foods include grains, grasses, berries, leaves, figs, seeds, flowers, insects, worms, and small mammals and reptiles. They will also sometimes raid cultivated crops such as rice paddies.

Where do peacocks sleep?

Peacocks spend most of their lives on the ground. They roost in trees or shrubs at night, and they may use caves, holes, or hollow logs as shelter.