Zoological name: The common peafowl (Pavo cristatus), the
Burmese peafowl (P. muticus) and the Congo peafowl
(Afropavus congensis) are well known species.
Distribution: Peafowl are distributed in India, Nepal, Myanmar, Congo etc.
Habitat: Wild peafowl occur in open dry forest country. The semi-feral peafowl, however, are found in the agricultural fields. The Congo peafowl occurs in the rain forest of east-central Congo basin.
Physical feature: Peafowl, the close relatives of pheasants, are admired for their exceptional beauties. Male (peacock) has spurs on his legs. Some peahens also bear spurs. The long ornamental feathers of males are actually not true tail feathers but these are elongated upper tail coverts. These feathers are shed after the breeding season. Peafowl have occipital crests of feathers.