Asiatic peafowl

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Indian blue peacock
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Pavo
Linnaeus, 1758

Pavo cristatus
Pavo muticus

The Asiatic peafowl is a kind of bird. They are the genus Pavo from the Phasianidae family. They originate from Pakistan and India, and Southeast Asia in general. In Pakistan, it is the provincial/regional bird of the Pakistani province of Punjab.

  • Genus Pavo
    • Blue peafowl or Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus)
    • Green peafowl (Pavo muticus)

The male is called a peacock, the female a peahen.

The males are very colorful, and they have very long train feathers (or tail feathers), which they can move up like a fan. Females are less colorful, and do not have the long train-feathers. Both the male and the female have a little "crown" of feathers on their head. Males show their train feathers to court a female peafowl, or to scare other animals away by making them afraid.

Peafowl are omnivorous and eat plant parts, flower petals, seeds, insects, and small vertebrates, like reptiles and amphibians.