Interesting Facts About Peacocks – As we all know, the peacock has its own advantage, namely the peacock has a very beautiful tail. Well, there are still a lot of interesting facts about peacocks that are a pity to miss. To find out more about this beautiful bird, let’s look at the following information!
Interesting Peacock Facts
1. Only have three species
The peacock has only three species, namely the blue peacock or Indian peacock (pavo cristatus) which lives in India and Sri Lanka, the green peacock (pavo muticus) which lives in Java and Myanmar, and the Congo peacock (afropavo congensis) which lives in the Republic of Congo.
2. Enter the world’s endangered animal list
The world conservation agency IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) has included the green peacock on the red list as a living species threatened with extinction due to hunting and loss of natural habitat. The green peacock, which is a typical Indonesian bird, only has about 10,000-20,000 adult peacocks left.
Journal of the Green Peacock Population (Pavo muticus Linnaeus, 1766) in the Savana Ecosystem, Baluran National Park, East Java (2011) by Mariana Takandjandji and Reny Sawitri states that the green peacock is protected by law through,
Decree of the Minister of Agriculture No. 66/KPTS/Um/2/1973;
Decree of the Minister of Forestry No. 301/Kpts-II/1991;
PP No. 7 of 1999.
The blue peacock is classified as a low risk species, while the Congo peacock faces a high risk of extinction in the wild. The number is now just under 10,000 tails.
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3. Has been a human pet for thousands of years
Peacocks, especially blue peacocks, have been admired and kept as pets for thousands of years. The selective breeding of peacocks has resulted in unusual color combinations.
4. Tail feather function
The feathers on the peacock are the main attraction. These feathers span approximately 60 percent of the total body length of the peacock which has eye-like patterns in blue, gold, red and more.
The long and beautiful tail feathers of the peacock serve to attract the attention of the opposite sex. The female peacock is believed to choose her mate based on the size, color, and quality of the feathers.