Saturday, June 7, 2014

Wildlife in India : Birds

Wildlife in India


Indian Peafowl
The Indian peafowl also known as the blue peafowl is a large and brightly coloured bird of the pheasant family native mostly to India.

Indian Peafowl(Pavo Cristatus)


The male peacock is predominantly blue with a fan-like crest of spatula-tipped wire-like feathers and is best known for the long train made up of elongated upper-tail covert feathers which bear colourful eyes.
 The female lacks the train, has a greenish lower neck and a duller brown plumage. The Indian peafowl is found mainly on the ground in open forest or on land under cultivation where they forage for berries, grains but will also prey on snakes, lizards, and small rodents. Their loud calls make them easy to detect, and in forest areas often indicate the presence of a predator such as a tiger.
The bird is celebrated in Indian and Greek mythology and is the national bird of India.

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