The showstopper bird with the most beautiful and unique colors and a small crown on the head, the Indian peafowl, wins the title of the national bird of India.
Peacocks are one of the largest, heaviest birds that can fly. Peafowl feathers’ colors are not pigments but microscopic crystal-like structures reflecting light, creating the fluorescent effect. They have ornamental long coverts(trains) with lengths up to 1.5m (~5 ft) & eye-like spots and crests on the head.
They forage and nest on the ground but roost on top of trees. Found in the forest, near agricultural land, often seen on forest edge tracks feeding in the undergrowth. Their loud “mey-awe” calls are heard repeatedly during the monsoon season. Native to South Asia, but widely introduced worldwide.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No