Tuesday, January 10, 2012

World Bird Wednesday: Green Peafowl

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A female green peafowl (Pavo muticus), the closest relative of the much better known Indian Peafowl. As the name suggests, the plumage of this bird is green, a very bright green in the case of the males. Here's a video of a displaying male and an excellent photo of a bird in flight. Since Indian and green peafowl are closely related, there can be hybrids, which look quite striking.

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Green peafowl live in much of Southeast Asia and can be found in forests, open grasslands, bamboo forests, farmlands ect., but they need a source of water nearby. They feed on pretty much everything: grass, seeds, fruit, insects, leaves and will also wade into the water in search of food. Occasionally, they will hunt snakes.

Listen to the calls of a female and a male

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In the wild, females live in small groups of 2-6 birds and will wander widely, passing through the territories of the males. During breeding season, the males will display for the females and will gather harems. In captivity, the birds form monogamous pairs, though. A single clutch usually contains 3-6 eggs which are incubated by the female and will stay with the adults for about about a year.

More birds at World Bird Wednesday.

Photos were taken at London Zoo.
Sources and further reading:
Birdlife.org
Arkive
Wikipedia
Internet Bird Collection

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