Peafowl include three species of birds in the genera Pavo and they are members of the pheasant family. They originated in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, but there is also an African breed found in the Congo basin.

Peahen – duller in colour than the male.

The word peacock refers to the male bird, while females are peahens and the young are peachicks. A group of these together is referred to as an ostentation or muster of peacocks.

If you want to keep peafowl, it is recommended that you have one male with up to five females. The breeding season lasts through summer, although the hens might lay into autumn.

After mating, the female leaves the family group and hides a nest in tall grass, and lays five to seven eggs. She incubates the eggs for about 28 days and cares for the chicks for about seven to nine weeks. They normally only lay one clutch of eggs per year.

In captivity peafowl can live up to 15 years, although some have been recorded living as long as 30 years.

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