Peafowl

Type: Bird

Diet:
Desert shrubs and grasses

Longevity in the wild:
15 years

Size:
Females are 86 cm in length. Males are larger, growing up to 107 cm. In breeding season, the male's plumage extends their length to 2.12 m.

Weight:
Range from 2.75 to 4 kg.

Group Name:
Ostentation or pride.

Fun Fact:
The phrase "proud as a peacock" get it's origins from the mating behaviour of peafowl. When a male is courting, he spreads and shakes his impressive tail feathers, sometimes five feet in length, to attract a female. Eye shaped spots or markings on the bodies of many animals have evolved to trick predators and draw attention away from vulnerable parts of the animal’s body. With peafowl, however, there is evidence that the  “eyespots” on their tail feathers have evolved to attract female mates!

You can find the Zoo's peafowl - both peacocks and peahens - roaming throughout the Zoo from spring to late fall. Listen for their distinct call!

Peafowl