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Green Peafowl Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Pavo muticus
Family : Phasianidae
Order : Galliformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Burmese Peafowl
Habitat : Undergrowths of dense forests adjoining streams or cultivable lands.
Description : Green Peafowl is dark green colored, (adult bird length approximately 100-300cm. & weight 4.5 kg) back side green color but in female bird back side is brown colored. Green peafowl inhabit a wide range of habitats, including primary and secondary forests, both tropical and subtropical, as well as evergreen and deciduous forests. They can also be found in bamboo forests, grasslands, savannas, scrublands, and on the edges of farmland. Proximity to water is important for their habitat selection. They nest on the ground and typically lay 3 to 6 eggs.

Contrary to the belief that green peafowl are polygynous like their Indian counterparts, male green peafowl are solitary and territorial, forming harems without pair bonds. However, observations in captivity indicate strong monogamous pair bonds when left undisturbed. The similarities between the sexes suggest a different breeding system compared to Indian peafowl, with some suggesting that the harems observed in the wild may consist of juvenile birds rather than promiscuous males.

Green peafowl usually spend time on or near the ground, particularly in tall grasses and sedges. They roost in trees at heights of 10-15 meters. Their diet primarily consists of fruits, invertebrates, reptiles, frogs, and rodents. Like their Indian counterparts, they are capable of hunting venomous snakes. They also consume ticks, termites, flower petals, buds, leaves, and berries.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: scaup (www.inaturalist.org/people/scaup ),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;Frank Lambertmore information, please contact us.