Females: 38 in
Males: 40-46 in
Females: 6-8.8 lbs
Males: 8.8-13 lbs
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- 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.