Review and description of the most beautiful species of peacocks.
Interestingly, the Indian peacock belongs to the category of chickens, but scientists have proven that this species is more similar in physiological characteristics to a turkey. What is the difference between this bird? First of all, you should pay attention to its color.
Adult males have several shades of plumage at once: their neck is bright blue, the back is green.
As for the tail, it includes various colors: black, blue, green, gray. As a
rule, the lower part of the body in males is generally black. An ordinary female peacock cannot boast of the same beautiful color.
Females are characterized by a predominance of brown in plumage, they do not have a beautiful fluffy tail, and they are much smaller in size..
The Indian peacock can take off. But observing its flight will not work for too long: with an impending danger, it rises several meters in height, but it is not capable of flying long distances. It is believed that the category called the Indian peacock does not combine several species of these birds..
Instead, they are subdivided according to plumage color. Among the many varieties of Indian royal birds, one can distinguish white, lavender, peach, variegated peacock and others. These amazing birds live in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.
If you are hoping to meet them in the open, your expectations are unlikely to be met. Most of the peacocks settle in the bushes, on the banks of rivers, in various thickets and jungles.
For those who are interested in whether it is possible to breed them in their backyard, the fact that these royal birds are not particularly whimsical in nutrition is good. They eat everything: grain, plant shoots, fruits, berries. These creatures do not disdain insects or small snakes. Many people in India are trying to raise such birds at home. However, the corral is not the best habitat for the common peacock.
They do not lay eggs well in captivity and cannot get along with other birds..
African or Congolese.
This bird was previously associated with the Asian royal peacocks. But over time, a number of differences were found in their physiological characteristics, which made it possible to single out Congolese birds into a separate category. If in Asian peacocks it is rather difficult to identify females and males, then in this case the differences will be noticeable not only in their external key features, but also in aspects of behavior..
For example, a male has no plumage on his head; black feathers are present on his neck. The highlight of this bird is a tuft of erect feathers. The Congolese peacock is a monogamous bird species. During the laying period, the female usually brings two to four eggs, then incubates them for a little less than a month.
At the same time, the male in this period is always nearby, ready to defend the nest at any moment. The Congolese peacock will decorate your backyard, so you should try to breed it.
Javanese or Green.
The Java peacock is another representative of the category of chickens. These birds are distinguished by incredibly beautiful plumage color. Recently, they have been under close scrutiny of specialists, since their population is rapidly decreasing.
It’s all about poachers who actively hunt these birds. And the wild nature takes its toll: the Javanese peacock often falls prey to a tiger or leopard. This category includes several common subspecies:
Indo-Chinese green peacock; Javan peacock; Burmese green or another name – Imperial.
These birds live in the forests. They do not like open terrain too much, they can run over long distances, and, if necessary, even fly a little..
The Javan peacock is considered polygamous, it is capable of fertilizing up to ten females..
You can also breed them at home, since they are not too whimsical to care and nutrition..
Black, white and purple peacocks.
A variety called Black appeared a long time ago: the first mentions of it date back to the end of the 19th century. These birds are very often called black-shouldered. Interestingly, in Europe and America, this species of peacocks is not as popular as the white one.
However, if you want to try breeding these royal birds, it is best to contact special nurseries..
There you will most likely find black feathered individuals with amazingly beautiful tails. Modern farmers often breed these birds in the backyard. They are good at getting used to a spacious aviary, but they can also live in yards, parks, and small gardens.
The black-shouldered peacock will become a true decoration of any home corner.
If the Black Peacock has long been considered a separate species of royal birds, the white one has long been called the albino. In fact, this is another type of peacock that has become popular all over the world. In the wild, these birds live in the forests of India or Africa.
They prefer to spend the night in trees. As for another species of birds, called the Purple Peacock, this is already the result of the work of modern breeders..
This variety is rare, but it is also grown at home by some amateurs. Green peacock or Javan peacock – whatever kind of this royal bird you like, it will certainly decorate your personal plot. Caring for them is not too burdensome, but both you and your household will appreciate the result.