Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Blue Peafowl

Peacocks in the spotted deer enclosure at the Zoological Park, New Delhi, India

The Indian peacock is found in deciduous and scrub forests, and in dry grassland habitat near agricultural fields. It is found in the countries of the Indian subcontinent, and is the National Bird of India.

The male peacock has magnificient tail feathers that are used during its courtship display. It is one of the two species found in the Genus Pavo, the other one being the Green Peafowl.

The peacock forages and nests on the ground, but roosts on trees during the afternoon and at night. It eats seeds, insects, fruits and small reptiles. The peahen lays a clutch of 4-8 eggs which hatch after 28 days.

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