30 December, 2009

Indian Peafowl

Scientific Name: Pavo Cristatus

Population Estimate: Unknown but Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: The native range of the Indian peafowl encompasses India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Captive specimens are found throughout the world, and introduced, feral populations now occur in Australia, New Zealand, the Bahamas, and the USA.

Field Notes: The national bird of India, the spectacular appearance of the male Indian peafowl, or ‘peacock’, is well-known throughout the world. The male’s head, neck and breast are a glossy, iridescent blue, with white patches above and below the eyes, along with a crest of upright, blue-tipped feathers on the crown of the head. By contrast, the back and wings are greyish-brown with brown barring.

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