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Green Peafowl

Green Peafowl

Scientific name: Pavo muticus
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae

The Green Peafowl was widely distributed in Southeast Asia in the past from northern Myanmar and southern China, extending through Laos, and Thailand into Vietnam, Cambodia, Peninsular Malaysia and the islands of Java. The ranges have reduced with habitat destruction and hunting.

They usually spend time on or near the ground in tall grasses and sedges. Like other peafowl, the Green Peafowl love to wade and forage for food in the shallows for a good portion of each day. Family units roost in trees at a height of 10-15 meters.

Their diet consists mainly of fruits, invertebrates, reptiles, and other small animals. As with the other member of its genus, the Green Peafowl can even hunt venomous snakes, making them useful for pest control. Ticks and termites, flower petals, buds leaves and berries are favorite foods of adult peafowl. Frogs and other aquatic small animals probably make up the bulk of the diet of growing birds.

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Canon EOS 10D ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
1/500s f/3.5 at 70mm ISO 800 with Flash full exif

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Flo Hendry22-Apr-2009 16:58
Nice capture, I think this face is prettier than the India Blue. v
Mario 13-Feb-2007 01:16
That is what many think is a Pavo muticus muticus from Java, but according to more recent research, that is an extinct Malay form, which was thought to be one and the same as the Javan birds until recently.
mennig 28-Aug-2003 05:52
question: Where was this foto taken, is the subspecies of this green peafowl known ?