Pavo cristatus

Description

The Peafowl is known best for the beautiful coloured plumage of the male Peacock.

Distribution

The blue peacock lives in India and Sri Lanka, while the green peacock is found in Java and Myanmar (Burma).

Oakvale Distribution Maps png Peafowl

Lifespan

A Peafowl's life expectancy is between 10 - 25 years of age.

Size

The size of a Peafowl is between 90 - 130 centimetres in length and weighs approximately 4 kgs.

Diet

The Peacock feeds on a variety of food items. Grain is one of the most common items that they eat. They will also consume fruits and seeds that they find but those items aren’t always available year round for them to consume. They consume plants, petals, small reptiles, insects and even amphibians. They will take the opportunity to eat what they can gain access to.

Habitat

Peafowl are generally found in coastal shrubs, private and public gardens, sanctuaries and homesteads.

Breeding

Males will do all they can to get the attention of females for mating. A male may display his feathers and prance around to get the female attracted to him. Once mating has occurred the female will find materials to create a nest.

The males will go looking for other females that they can also mate with. It can take up to 28 days for the eggs to hatch. The young will grow very quickly and within a few days they can walk around on their own. It will take them a few months though to be able to fly. The females tend to stay close to each other and they will help each other with caring for the offspring.