INDIAN PEAFOWL
Pavo cristatus





DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT
It is originally from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. The Indian Peafowls lives in different types of habitats, from deciduous forests to the cultivated land near villages.
 
DESCRIPTION
Male plumage is iridiscent blue-greenish. Tail feathers (train) are actually the back feathers, which are elongated and decorated with one eye on the upper. Female plumage is greenish black  mixed with blue iridescent gray.




REPRODUCTION

Males are polygamous and can have up to six females. The female will lay 4-8 eggs, which incubate in 28 day.



DIET

It feeds on seeds, grains, insects, fruit, reptiles and small mammals.

SOCIAL BEHAVIOR

The ornate train is believed to be the result of female sexual selection as males raised the feathers into a fan and quiver it as part of courtship display. Many studies have suggested that the quality of train is an honest signal of the condition of males and that peahens select males on the basis of their plumage.
 
LONGEVITY
They can live between 20 -24 years.