We have two free-roaming peacocks at the park, both called Kevin. They are often found in our T-Rex enclosure, sometimes even on the T-Rex’s back. Our Kevins are often seen displaying their spectacular tail feather to our female Guineafowl, as they haven’t quite realised yet that she is not a Peahen!
Indian Peafowl is native India & Sri Lanka.
Their wild diet consists of grains, insects, small reptiles, small mammals, berries, wild figs, leaves and some crops.
These birds live an isolated life and are polygamous; a single male may mate with up to 6 females during breeding season. Females lay between 3 and 12 eggs, with an incubation period of around 28 days. The peacock (the male) will display his flashy plumage to attract females. Females are a brown colour which allows them to blend into the bushes whilst incubating her eggs.
They are classified as least concern, but the global population size is unknown. Although they were once common in Bangladesh, now they may be extinct there.
In 1963, they were declared the national bird of India.
Males are called peacocks, females are called peahens and young ones are known as peachicks.
There are several genetic colour mutations of the Indian peafowl, including white.