Peafowls

Pavo cristatus

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Habitat

Peafowls generally reside in the dense wooded area having a lot of maple and pine trees, oaks, cedars and many more.

Males- Peacocks

Male Peafowls, Peacocks are large, colorful birds (usually blue and green). They are known for their iridescent tails. These tail feathers, or coverts, spread out in a distinctive train that is more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length and have colorful eye looking markings. The large train is used in mating rituals and courtship displays. It can be arched into a fan that reaches across the bird's back and touches the ground on either side. Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of these outrageous feather trains.
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Females- Peahens

Female Peafowl lack the bright colors of the male and have a more duller appearance. Peahens are generally brown in color with lighter underparts. They also lack the long upper tail coverts. They have some iridescent green and blue coloring on their neck.
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Color Patterns

Males- males are the more colorful ones, they have a huge tail that expands to around 60ft. it has a bunch of eye spots on it to attract mates and scare off predictors, the colors are iridecent green and blue and the neck is blue


Females- females don't have much color on the except for their neck, it's a blue/purple color. Their body is usually a light gray color

Adaptations

A peacocks best adaptation is its long tail, he uses his long, brightly colored tail to attract a mate. Peacocks also have spurs on the back of their legs that can be used to defend themselves or their territories.


The peahens color helps them to camouflage while they are sitting on the eggs.

Peafowl Chicks

Peafowl chicks usually mature within two years.
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Behavior

Mating: The peacock makes a sound almost like a cat's meow to attract peahens. Peacocks are polygamous; they wish to attract and mate with as many peahens as possible. The males tend to stay together in a peacock version of a man cave, waiting for the females to come around.

Laying eggs: Peacocks and peahens do not see each other again after the mating process is over. The peahen leaves to lay her eggs, usually three to eight eggs. She digs a shallow hole in the ground, making sure tall grass or bushes hide it, to lay the eggs. She then sits on the eggs for about 28 days.

Raising young: peahens raise the young. Peahens live close together and help each other raise the babies, called peachicks. Peahens can begin mating when they are 2 or 3 years old. Most peafowl can live to be 20.

Social life: peacocks are social with each other, and groups of them are called parties. It's typically only older peacocks that stay by themselves. Peacocks sleep in tall trees, which is called roosting, to protect themselves from other animals. They make shrieking sounds to alert each other of danger.