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Indian Peafowl


Quick Facts

Scientific name: Pavo Cristatus
Class: Bird
Weight: 6 to 9 pounds
Life span: 30 years
Conservation status: Least concern
Number of offspring: 4 to 6 eggs at a time


I Live in Asia

Indian peafowl are native to south Asia, more specifically India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and other countries in that region.

I Am A Omnivore

Although the peafowl’s diet mainly consists of seeds, fruit, plants, and insects, this avian species has been known to consume small reptiles and amphibians as well.

Indian Peafowl are Solitary

Peafowl often prefer solitude, but have been found in groups of 2-3 individuals. During mating season, peafowl will sometimes group together, usually one male with six or more females.

What’s the Difference

Males, called peacocks, have a shimmering blue body and a bright colorful train of feathers, each ending in a colorful “eye.” Peacocks usually do not develop their long colorful trains until they are three years old. Females, called peahens, do not have a train. They are dull grayish brown in color.

Helping the Indian Peafowl in the Wild

By visiting the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, you are supporting local, regional, and global conservation.

I am Important to My Ecosystem

Indian peafowl play a very important role in their ecosystem in terms of insect control.


Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.