Shravani Suram Period 3 5/16/16

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Peacocks live in various places."Peacocks live in open forests."(Peacock) Peacocks can be found in city parks and country farms, as well as in deserts and savannas. " The species is also found in dry semi-grasslands, scrub and deciduous forests."(Peafowl) Since these animals habitat is forests,and trees are being cut down, one reason these colorful birds can become extinct is because of habitat loss, as well as being hunted down by hunters. "Peafowl are actually giant pheasants and are found in open forests throughout India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka."(Indian Peafowl)


You might think that peacocks don't take flight because of the weight of their feathers. But actually, they can fly, except not in great heights. Although they do have the capability of flying, peacocks spend most of their time on the ground."It forages and nests on the ground, but roosts on top of trees."(Peacock)
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Body Covering

The male and female looks vary a lot. Peacocks, or male peacocks, are about the size of a turkey. They're head and neck are blue, and then they have there vibrantly colored covert or otherwise known as a train with brightly colored feathers that have eye-shaped markings on them , which may be purple, yellow, or red. These beautiful feathers grow from the lower back of their body. These feathers may trail behind them as they go, or they might be raised around it in the shape of a fan. This colorful fan is used for 2 main reasons: mating and defense. The peahen, or the female peacock, isn't as brilliantly colored as the males. The peahens have white bellies, brown bodies and blue and green neck feathers. Both have a very sparkling crests. Sometimes, peacocks are referred to as the birds with the most stylish clothing cause of their chromatic trains.
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Peacocks are omnivorous.They eat just about everything. These colorful birds eat a variety of foods, such as snails, frogs, insects,worms, small reptiles and small mammals, to get the proper nutrients. They mostly eat seeds but they also feed on grains, many types of juicy grasses, bulbs,berries, plants, fruits, and flower heads. Peafowl occasionally eat mice and snakes.Peacocks' most favorite food is grains.


Breeding season starts when the monsoon begins. A peahen, or a female peacock, can reproduce from the age of 2. The peahen looks for the peacock with the most glistening and largest fan. A female peacock can lay up to 4-8 eggs, which are either on the ground or in a small tree. The peahen may also make a hole in the ground and make a fence with sticks around the hole where she lays her eggs. These chicks will hatch after 28 days(4 weeks) of being constantly watched and sat on by their mother. The female looks after her chicks without any help from the male peacock.The chicks cannot stand changing weather climates much, so they are hard to raise and the peahen has to take care of them very well. The chicks are able to walk and find food immediately after they hatch. At the age of 4 weeks, the chicks look just like their mother, except only half of her size.
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Peacocks usually live alone, but may be found in small groups, or parties. Peacocks have a number of predators are in there environment such as wild dogs as well as stray, jungle cats, medium sized mammals like raccoons,mongooses, leopards and even tigers are hunting down peacocks.You might think that because of it's weight from it's long train that it is hard for this animal to escape it's predators. But actually, if a predator grabs the tail of a peafowl, the feathers can slip out easily and the peacock will fly away. Peacocks are a bit edgy and do not go along well with other birds.
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Other Info

  • A peacock's chromatic train can be 6 ft. long
  • Peacocks are the largest in all the birds that fly
  • The peacock is India's national bird
  • Peacocks weigh about 8.75 to 13 pounds
  • Their body is about 35 to 50 inches long
  • Peafowl trains are usually 5 ft long
  • Peacocks life span is about 20 years.
  • There are 3 main types of peacocks: the blue peacock(India and Sri Lanka), green peacock(Java and Myanmar), and the Congo peacock(Africa)
  • Peafowl's top speed would be 10 mph
  • Their wingspan is about 47-118 inches

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