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Congo peafowl

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Congo peafowl
A pair (male left, female right) at Antwerp Zoo
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Afropavo
Chapin, 1936
A. congensis
Binomial name
Afropavo congensis
Chapin, 1936

The Congo peafowl (Afropavo congensis), known locally as the mbulu, is a species of peafowl. It is native to the Congo Basin.[2] It is one of three living species of peafowl, the other two being the Indian peafowl (originally of India and Sri Lanka) and the green peafowl (native to Burma and Indochina).

The Congo peacock has physical characteristics of both the peafowl and the guineafowl, which may indicate that the Congo peacock is a link between the two families.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. BirdLife International (2016). "Afropavo congensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016. IUCN: e.T22679430A92814166. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22679430A92814166.en.
  2. Dowsett R.J. & Forbes-Watson A.D. 1993. Checklist of birds of the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Tauraco Press.
  3. "Congo Peafowl". World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2014.