Species Details

@MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);

Indian Peafowl Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Pavo cristatus
Family : Phasianidae
Order : Galliformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Common Peafowl, Blue Peafowl
Habitat : Undergrowths near streams in deciduous forests, villages and cultivated lands.
Description : Head, neck prominent blue color (adult bird length approximately 100-230cm. & weight 4.1 kg) greenish back side and crest present, feather contains blue eye shaped pattern. The peafowl is found in moist and dry-deciduous forests but can adapt to cultivated regions and human settlements, typically near water sources. They forage on the ground in small groups called musters, consisting of a male and 3 to 5 females. After breeding, flocks mainly comprise females and young birds. They are active in the early morning, seek cover during the hot part of the day, and enjoy dust-bathing. At dusk, they walk in single file to waterholes. Peafowl primarily escape danger by running rather than flying. Breeding is polygamous, and males gather at lek sites where they display by raising their tail feathers into a fan and vibrating them. Females visit the males, and no specific male preference is observed. Peafowl are omnivorous, consuming seeds, insects, worms, fruits, small mammals, frogs, reptiles, tree and flower buds, petals, grains, grass, bamboo shoots, and crops such as groundnut, tomato, paddy, chili, and bananas. They also scavenge on food scraps and even human waste in human-inhabited areas, showing a fondness for crops and garden plants in rural settings.
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;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Oscar Campbell(www.xeno-canto.org/Oscar Campbell), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.