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A white peacock showing off its plumage

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Galliformes

Family: Phasianidae

Genus: Pavo

Species: P. cristatus

Binomial name: Pavo cristatus


The species is found in dry semi-desert grasslands, scrub and deciduous forests. It forages and nests on the ground but roosts on top of trees. It eats mainly seeds, but also some insects, fruits and reptiles.

Peafowl are sometimes kept as domesticated animals for decoration. Many genetic mutations exist, such as the Black-Shouldered, Oaten, White, White-Eyed, Purple, Opal, Pied, and Midnight.

The White Peafowl is often mistaken for an albino, but its iris is dark, not red, and is a recessive mutation.

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Taken on October 15, 2007