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About the Indian Peafowl

Also known as: Common Peafowl, Blue Peafowl, Peacock

The Indian Peafowl is the national bird of India. Males of the species are recongnizable in breeding plumage due to their long and beautiful iridescent "tail" feathers. They are resident breeders on the Indian subcontinent; there are feral populations all over the world due to the decorative value of Indian Peafowl. The birds appear frequently in Indian mythology and pop culture.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 20 March 2010
Scientific Name Pavo cristatus
  • Galliformes
  • Phasianidae
  • Pavo
  • P. cristatus
Birdorable Family Grouse
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
34 to 88 inches
97 to 212 ounces
Range South Asia

International Names

  • Páv Korunkatý (Czech)
  • Påfugl (Danish)
  • Blauwe Pauw (Dutch)
  • Riikinkukko (Finnish)
  • Paon bleu (French)
  • Pfau (German)
  • Pavone comune (Italian)
  • インドクジャク [Indokujaku] (Japanese)
  • Indiapåfugl (Norwegian)
  • Paw Indyjski (Polish)
  • павлин (Russian)
  • Pavo-real Común (Spanish)
  • Påfågel (Swedish)

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