Peacock

Our Peacock, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Peacock (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Peacock Facts
Peacock
Pavo cristatus

Type
Bird
Life Span
15 years
Size
Females: 38 in
Males: 40-46 in
Average Weight
Females: 6-8.8 lbs
Males: 8.8-13 lbs
Group Name
Muster
Group Size
Varies
Name of Young
Peachick

Our Peacock, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • The peacock is a large member of the pheasant family. They are native to South Asia and are the national bird of India.
  • The term peacock is often used to refer to both males and females, but collectively they are peafowl. Males are peacocks, females are peahens and babies are peachicks
  • They prefer to forage for food on the ground, but they have the ability to  fly and roost in trees.
  • There is considerable sexual dimorphism (differences) between genders. Females are much more drab in color. Males are larger, brightly colored, have a “train” feathers, and a crest on their head. Sometimes peacocks in captivity are selectively bred for different color variations.
  • Because of their ornate colors they are very popular with collectors and have been for thousands of years.

Did You Know?

Male peacocks are known for their train. This is the long (78-90 inches) extravagantly colored feathers with eye markings. It makes up about 60% of the bird’s body weight. It is used in mating rituals and courtship displays.