* Threatened or Endangered
Indian Peafowl *
: Pavo cristatus
: Seeds, grains, fruits and insects
: up to 7’ long including tail
: Prevalent across its range both in wild populations and in captivity. Also quite common in captivity across the world.
• Prevalent across its range both in wild populations and in human care. Also quite common in human care across the world.
• Also called the Common Peafowl or Blue Peafowl, this in the national bird of India.
• Males are called peacocks and females are peahens.
• The dramatic display feathers of the male are not tail feathers but actually originate from the back above the tail.
• This bird has been adopted as the logo or symbol for a variety of entities. Due to the belief that it was immortal in the Middle Ages, it was the symbol of the Catholic Church.
• One of the most famous logos using a peacock is NBC, which also once used the motto, “Proud as a peacock.”