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Facts About Our National Bird Peacock





Peacock, one of the most beautiful birds in the
world, is found inhabiting a few countries in India. Literally taken to
mean the male species, the term ‘peacock’ is usually used by people to
denote both the sex. In the technical sense, peafowl is the neutral
word of the species, with peacock referring to the male and peahen to
the female. There are basically two species of peafowl. One is the
Indian Peafowl, found residing in the Indian subcontinent only. The
other is Green Peafowl, native to Asian countries right from Burma east
to Java. While, the former is monotypic (no subspecies), the latter can
be divided into 3 subspecies. To get more interesting facts and amazing
information on peacock, read on.
 
Facts about Peacock
 
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Pavo
Species: Pavo cristatus
(Indian Peafowl) and Pavo muticus (Green Peafowl)
Subspecies: Nil (Pavo
cristatus), 3 (Pavo muticus)
Length (without train): 35 to
50 inches (90 to 130 cm)
Length (with train): 5 ft
(1.5 m)
Beak: 1 inch
Weight: 4 to 6 kg (8.75 to 13
lbs)
Diet: Omnivorous
Natural Habitat: Asian
countries
Age: 20 years
Age of Maturity: 8 to 10 months
Gestation Period: 28 days
Number of Eggs: 3 to 5
 
Interesting & Amazing Information on Peacocks 

  1. Peacocks eat plant parts, flower petals, seed
    heads, insects and other arthropods, reptiles and amphibians.

  2. Indian Peacock is the national bird of India.

  3. Peacocks are polygamous by nature. In the
    wild, male Peacocks generally have a harem of 2 - 5 females.

  4. Peacocks have a significant need for
    companionship. Alone, they can get heartbroken.

  5. Only a peacock (male) has a colorful train.

  6. The main use of the beautiful train (tail) of
    peacock is to gain the attention of the peahen and get her to mate with him.

  7. The train of a peacock makes up more than 60
    percent of his total length.

  8. A peacock’s train can be arched into a
    splendid fan, which reaches across its back and touches the ground on either side.

  9. It is believed that a peahen choose its mates
    according to the size, color, and quality of their trains.

  10. Keeping in mind the combined length of a
    peacock’s (male) train and its large wingspan, it is one of the largest flying birds.

  11. Every portion of a peacock’s train changes
    color when it is struck by different angles of light.

  12. The chick of a peacock can walk, eat and drink
    on its own, even when it is hardly a day old.

  13. Peacocks fly into trees to protect themselves
    from predators as well as to rest from holding their trains off the ground.

  14. A family of peacocks is called a bevy, while a
    group of peacocks is known as a party.

  15. At night, peacocks prefer to roost in trees or
    other high places.




 



   
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