Peacock

Posted at July 8, 2014 by abirdadmin on category Bird Facts, Birds

peacockcover3dPeacocks are male Peafowl. The female is called a Peahen and the chicks are called Peachicks. Peafowl are related to chickens, pheasants and turkeys.

Types of Peafowl: There are only three species of Peafowl – the Indian or Blue Peafowl, the Green Peafowl and the Congo Peafowl. Only the Indian and Green Peacocks have the colorful blue-green-gold colors and large tail feathers that they display in a wide fan shape.

Geographic Range: Indian Peacocks are from India. Green Peacocks are native to Southeast Asia, from Burma to Java and are endangered due to loss of wild habitat in which to live. Peacocks have been exported globally in live in most countries in zoos or semi-wild on large estates or plots of land.

Length: Adult Peacocks are from 78 to 90 inches (195 to 225 cm) in length, including the long tail feathers. Males are larger than the females.

Wings: Peafowl only fly short distances, typically from the ground to a tree or a roof top. Most of their time is spent on the ground.

Weight:  Adult Peacocks weigh from 8.8 to 13 lbs ( 4–6 kg ) while Peahens may weigh half as much as the male.

Food: Peacocks are omnivorous, which means they eat insects, seeds and plants, and meat, mostly small mammals and reptiles, including snakes.

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