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Peacock Facts for Kids

  • Common Name: Peacock
  • Class: Aves
  • Family: Phaisanidae
  • Tribe: Pavonini
  • Total Species: 3
  • Diet: Omnivorous (Meat and Plants)
  • First Appeared: ~120 million years ago

21 Peacock Facts For Kids

  1. Peacock is the common name for a few bird species who are members of the Pavonini tribe.
  2. Peacocks are also known as peafowls.
  3. Peafowl is the actual scientific common name for peacock species, but people typically use peacock to describe them.
  4. Peacock is the actual term used to describe a male peafowl, female peafowls are called peahens, and juvenile peafowls are called peachicks.
  5. Peacocks are omnivorous and eat both meat and plant material.
  6. The diet of a peacock can include amphibians, arthropods, flower petals, insects, plants, reptiles, and seeds.
  7. There are three living peacock species in the Pavo and Afropavo genera.
  8. The Congo peafowl (Afropavo congensis) is the only peacock species in the Afropavo genus.
  9. The Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus) and the green peafowl (Pavo muticus) are the two peacock species in the Pavo genus.
  10. Peacock species are native to Africa and Asia.
  11. The peacock species native to Africa is the Congo peafowl.
  12. The peacock species native to Asia is the Indian peafowl and the green peafowl.
  13. The average adult peacock will live between 10 and 20 years, but lifespans can be far greater when kept in captivity.
  14. Peacock species have a length range between 2.1 and 9.8 feet.
  15. The peacock species with the longest length is the green peafowl, which can reach up to 9.8 feet.
  16. The peacock species with the shortest length is the Congo peafowl, which can be as little as 2.1 feet.
  17. Peacock species have a weight range between 2.2 and 13 pounds.
  18. The peacock species that weighs the most is the Indian peafowl with a weight between 8.8 and 13 pounds.
  19. The peacock species that weights the least is the Congo peafowl with a weight as low as 2.2 pounds.
  20. Male peacocks are the ones with the long, brilliant feathers, which they use to attract a mate.
  21. Female peacocks are usually muted colors, like brown or tan and do not have brilliant feathers like males.

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Peacock Pictures

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the below images will be helpful for your research on peacocks. Below are three pictures of various peacocks. These pictures should help you better understand what a peacock looks like.

The Indian Peafowl (Pavo Cristatus)

A picture of the Indian peafowl (pavo cristatus).

A Male Peacock

A picture of a male peacock.

Female Peacock and Her Babies

A picture of female peacock and her babies.

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