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Common peafowl

Pavo cristatus

Peafowl are members of the pheasant family. Male peafowl are called peacocks and females are known as peahens.

Peacocks have striking iridescent colours of blue, green and gold. The hugely impressive tail is displayed to females during courtship. The female's feathers are far less striking, providing camouflage as the female sits on eggs. Peafowl have a range of different calls. Some people compare the peafowl’s call to the sound of a human crying for help.

Belfast Zoo’s peafowl have access to the whole zoo site so keep an eye out for them!

Animal class


Conservation status

The IUCN does not believe that the common peafowl is in any danger of extinction.


Forest and grasslands


Exact population figures are not known for the common peafowl.


Omnivores. Common or Indian peafowl are omnivorous and eat plant material, seeds, insects, amphibians and reptiles.