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Peafowl, Common

Pavo cristatus

Geographic Region: open forest of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Butan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Feral populations have been introduced to Australia, New Zealand, the Bahamas and the USA

Isn’t it Wild? The male uses his bright feathers to attract a mate, whereas the dull brown feathers of the female allow her to blend in with the bushes so that predators cannot see her while she is incubating her eggs.



Length: Body: 35 – 50 in; Tail: 5 ft.

Weight: 8.75 – 13 lbs.

Zoo Diet

pheasant pellets, chopped greens, chopped fruit

Conservation Status

Least Concern

World of Adaptations

Exhibit information

Come explore a World of Adaptations! Animals face numerous challenges in the natural world such as finding shelter and enough food, avoiding predators, and finding mates. However, they have developed adaptations that increase their chances of survival. Adaptations can be physical; the tail of the wallaby helps it balance and change direction as it hops. Adaptations can also be behavioral; gibbons vocalize in the morning to announce their presence to other animals in the area. They can also be a combination of things such as a Komodo dragon’s impressive teeth, sharp claws, and deadly venom. Come and explore a World of Adaptations and see and hear the adaptations of these fascinating creatures including Elsie, the only Komodo dragon at any zoo in New England.

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