By CELINE QUIROZ, age 10
Recognized for its beautiful plumage (feathers), the green peafowl (commonly known as the green peacock) is one of the most beautiful animals in the world. People commonly call these animals peacocks, but to be more precise, the males are called peacocks and the females are called peahens. The males have pretty fans with feathers in green, blue and purple jewel tones to attract the females. The feathers are also used to camouflage in the green grasses of the forests. If a male peacock feels intimidated it will fan out his tail feathers to look very big and frightening.
The green peacock originally came from Asia and today is mostly found in Southeast Asia and India. It is listed as a “vulnerable” species, which means that it could become extinct because of hunting and habitat loss.
Did you know?
- Peafowl are not born with the pretty feathers that make the fan, but they grow them as they mature.
- The green peafowl is actually a large pheasant and can live as long as 20 years.
- Green peafowl are omnivores: They eat small mammals, snakes, fruits, seeds and insects.
- A group of peafowl is called a party, and a family is called a bevy.
Omnivore: an organism that eats both plants and other animals.