It may seem incredible, but the peacocks are the closest relative of the rooster. This bird, famous for its plumage, inhabits the territory of India, Sri Lanka and several other Asian countries. In the wild, the peacock prefers to stay on the ground. He skillfully maneuvers between the dense vegetation of tropical forests. Due to its exquisite appearance, the peacock kept at home since ancient times.

Peacocks often settled at palaces and temples, even used in various cults. The tail plumage, characterized by the presence of the so-called “eyes”, shimmering with blue-green shades, made it possible for the peacock to earn the status of the most beautiful bird of the order of chickens. Peacock feathers used by people for a long time to decorate costumes and interiors. Even poultry meat, which does not have any special taste, used to be often the centerpiece of a feast, served with the famous feathers.

The peacock belongs to the Phasianinae subfamily. The peacock distinguished from the representatives of this family by the shape of the tail – it is not roof-like, but flat.
Peacocks are mainly herbivorous birds, feeding on fruits, grains, plant shoots. Often they settle in the neighborhood of a person and find their own food in the farm fields. However, the villagers are positive about this presence of peacocks. Since birds exterminate harmful small snakes and rodents in the fields. In general, peacocks get their own food on the ground, and only fly to the crowns of trees for the night.


Peacocks are polygamous. One male usually lives with a family of 3-5 females. At 2-3 years old, peacocks reach maturity and become capable of reproduction.
Depending on the habitat, the peacocks’ breeding season is January-April (Sri Lanka) or July-October (India). A peacock’s nest is a small hole in the ground, which birds equip with a variety of fresh and dry vegetation.

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