Green peafowl (Pavo muticus) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

The green peafowl (Pavo muticus) is the bird that has created its image of a royal-adorned, with a majestic posture, a proudly moving graceful bird, especially when it unfolds its beautiful tail. This is a species of peafowl with habitats in the tropical forest areas of Southeast Asia and very often in the island of Java in Indonesia, which is why it's called Java peafowl.

The green peafowl has representatives of both sexes - male and female birds. The both genders have long upper tails that cover the actual tail from below. These are large birds, some of the longest along with their tail, with a total length of 1.8 to about 3 meters in males and about 1.2 m in adult females, with a large wingspan. In males, the long tail is adorned with characteristic colored spots that look like eye drops, while in females the feathers are green and much shorter, covering the tail. The feathers are in overflowing green, in places in brilliant blue, almost all shades of green and blue - in places from white to deep blue, from yellow to orange. The predominant, however, is the green color, which can be seen in the coloring almost all over the body. In males, on the wings in a stowed state, a colored blue-green triangle is formed. Typical of the coloration is the orange color under the eyes and the colorful spots on the tail that resemble eyes. Both genders have long legs, large heavy wings and long tails that form a graceful silhouette. On the head there is a small comb with short dark feathers. The head is relatively small in terms of overall length and ends with a small sharp beak.

The Green peacock (Green peafowl) was widespread in Southeast Asia - southeast India and southern China, through Laos and Thailand to Vietnam and Cambodia. In India, the green peacock populations have declined sharply and are even thought to have almost disappeared due to the destruction of their habitats and the hunting of these exquisitely beautiful birds. In nature, the Green peafowl inhabits a variety of terrains - forest, tropical and subtropical, and is considered a forest bird. Their habitats is mostly dry but close to water. They nest on the ground and lay 3 to 6 eggs. They are mainly fed with berries, small reptiles, frogs, rodents, but can also feed on plant food - leaves and fruit buds.

The different classifiers of the bird world describe basically three species of green peafowl: Pavo muticus (Java peafowl), P. m. Emperor (Indo-Chinese peafowl), P. m. spicifer (Burmese peafowl). The green peafowl is considered to be an endangered species and is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Globally, the population of the green peafowl species has declined sharply and some of the species are no longer found in their typical habitat areas. Special measures have been taken to preserve green peafowl in protected areas and reserves.

In the Planckendael Zoo Park, near Muizen in Belgium, is cultivated a gorgeous specimen of male green peafowl, creating the right conditions for his life, very close to his natural environment.

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Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Green peafowl (male) in ZOO Planckendael, Belgium

Related links

https://www.zooplanckendael.be/en/map-of-planckendael/

https://www.beautyofbirds.com/greenpeafowlpheasants.html

http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/card-green-peafowl.html

https://ebird.org/species/grepea1