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Peacock

There are two Asiatic species of peafowl. The blue peacock from India/Sri Lanka and the green peacock from Java/Burma.

The male peafowl is well known for its high-pitched call and their beautiful extravagant plumage. The eye-spotted ‘train’ or ‘tail’ of covert feathers is displayed during part of the courtship ritual.

The term peacock is reserved for the male, the female being called a peahen and the young offspring are called peachicks.

Peafowl are omnivores which means they will eat both vegetation and meat.

Wild peacocks eat fruit, berries, grains, ants, flower petals and plants.

Captive peafowl will also eat cat food, cheese, nuts, scrambled egg, cooked rice and kitchen scraps. Peafowl need to be fed a high protein diet to maintain optimum health.

In the UK peacocks should be fed a supplementary diet although they would survive foraging for food.

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There are two Asiatic species of peafowl. The blue peacock from India/Sri Lanka and the green peacock from Java/Burma.

The male peafowl is well known for its high-pitched call and their beautiful extravagant plumage. The eye-spotted ‘train’ or ‘tail’ of covert feathers is displayed during part of the courtship ritual.

The term peacock is reserved for the male, the female being called a peahen and the young offspring are called peachicks.

Peafowl are omnivores which means they will eat both vegetation and meat.

Wild peacocks eat fruit, berries, grains, ants, flower petals and plants.

Captive peafowl will also eat cat food, cheese, nuts, scrambled egg, cooked rice and kitchen scraps. Peafowl need to be fed a high protein diet to maintain optimum health.

In the UK peacocks should be fed a supplementary diet although they would survive foraging for food.