Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus


One of the most widely recognized of all bird species, the Indian Peafowl commonly ia kept in farms and gardens around the world.  The male's spectacular plumage and long train formed by the upper tail coverts have made it a favorite in captivity. and it has been introduced in many parts of the world, reaching Europe as early as 450 BC. Released on Little Exuma, Bahamas in the 1950s, it has become established, where it is reported to be common but secretive and rarely seen.  However, its distinctive, loud and far carrying call often betrays its presence.  Interestingly, Little Exuma appears to contain the only established population pf Indian Peafowl in the Neotropics.

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Recommended Citation

Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: