Do Peacocks (or Peafowl) live in trees?
Peafowl are collectively male Peacocks and female Peahens, but mostly people say Peacocks.
The Indian Peacock (Pavo cristatus), native to India and Sri Lanka, is a large bird in the Phasianidae family.
It has a long train of tail feathers. It can fly, but not very high and not very far. It usually just flutters for a short distance after a few hops or leaps.
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What is a group of peafowl called?
A group of peafowl is called a muster of peafowl or an ostentation of peafowl.
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The Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) is also called the Blue Peafowl. It is a large colourful bird native to South Asia.
The male peafowl is called a peacock. A female peafowl is called a peahen. A mixed group of males and females are called peafowl.
The Indian Peafowl has mainly blue and green feathers with a fan tail. The tail feathers have round tufts of short blue-green feathers that look like eyes. Males have a long tail, called a train with more than 200 feathers. Peahens do not have the train. The male has a metallic blue crown with a blue-green crest. Peahens have chestnut and green crest. It has a pale beak and pale legs. Peacocks have a spur on their leg. It has white lines near its eyes.
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What is the difference between albino and leucistic?
At the Tbilisi Zoo in Georgia there are a number of peacocks and peahens, including a white peacock. It is a leucistic peacock.
Leucistic peacocks are white all over. It is a genetic mutation called leucism which causes a reduction of colour pigmentation.
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Iridescence means shiny with many colours. Many animals have iridescent colours.
Iridescence is structural colour from refracted light (crystals), diffraction gratings (feathers or butterfly wings), thin film (oily surfaces), multiple layer interference (nacre in shells), or 3-D arrays of spheres (opals).
The word iridescence comes from iris, the Greek word for rainbow. An iridescent object has many tones of colour. Iridescence creates colour by splitting and reflecting light from different structures – which is why it is often called structural colour.
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