Learn More About The Blue Peafowl Bird

Written by Gina Stephens


Nowadays, one can suss out Blue Peafowls in almost any zoo in the world but where are these extravagant birds from?



The head is rather small compared to the solidity and the male has bright blue is one of the three primary colours of pigments in painting and traditional colour theory, as well as in the RGB colour model feathers on the neck, chest and abdomen. It also has two white spots above and below the eye formed by bare skin.

Some could concoct of the peacock’s long and elegant train as its tail but the tail is in fact under the train; it is brown and around 40cm long. The train, however, is clear of elongated upper-tail covert feathers with the famous blue 'eye-spot' pattern. These feathers can measure up to 150cm.

The peahen plumage is mostly brown and the neck has a lively blue-green colour. The chest is dark brown with green gloss and turns into a white belly while the top of the head is brown and the chin, throat and cheeks are spotless.

Both sexes have a crest on their heads, which is also strong blue in the males and brown in the females. With its train, a manly is about two meters long and weighs four to six kilograms. In comparison, the hens are much smaller; they are about a meter long and weigh up to four kilograms.



The blue peafowl was initially only found in India and Sri Lanka. There, the birds inhabited the hilly sections of the jungle and came to the fields in the morning and level. Because of their beauty, the first peafowls were brought in the Mediterranean 4,000 years ago. They were especially popular as ornamental birds, but also as a weakness. Today we can see them roaming free in many large parks. They are very loyal and therefore do not need to be locked up.

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Behavior And Happenings

Did you know that Blue Peafowls are known to eat young cobras in their native habitat? That's why they are welcome in many positions in India. In addition, they have a strong sense of smell and hearing and are very watchful. With their loud, penetrating calls, they alert of approaching predators such as tigers and leopards – and allegedly also from bad weather and that's why, in India, its call is interpreted as 'minh-ao,' import 'rain is coming'. The blue peafowl often has its own sleeping tree in a village and is valued as a useful neighbour. It can fly a bit, but cannot reach aged altitudes.

The blue peafowl courtship display is one of the most beautiful and impressive natural spectacles. They raise their magnificent feathers into an magnificent and colourful fan to impress the females. 


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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