Top 3 Best Peacock Breeds

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Top 3 best peacock breeds

Peacocks are one of the most beautiful birds in the world, they are native to Asia. They are the biggest flying birds with an average length of 3 feet – 4 feet. In fact their gorgeous tail makes more than 60% of their length. They can weigh up to 13 pounds. 

Peacocks are known for the feathers on their tails and it’s beautiful looks. They are very showy as well. They belong to the Pheasant family.

Peafowl is the original name of the species, male peafowls are known as Peacocks (of which we all are aware of) and female peafowls are known as Peahens. Although we often interchange the word Peafowl with Peacock, that’s not official.

Male peafowls (Peacocks) are more beautiful than Female peafowls (Peahens.)

Peacocks are found in different regions of Asia but are mostly found in India making them the national bird of India too. 

Peacock is the bird that has a large variety of features and depending upon the features peacocks are of 3 main types while there are also some other types which are somehow rare or made from these 3 types. 

Indian Peafowl or Indian Peacock or Blue Peacock

The Indian peafowl is the most common type of peacock, they are also called the blue peacocks or sometimes when we are talking about peafowls we usually refer to the Indian Peafowls only. As the name suggests, they are native to India, Srilanka, and other eastern parts of Asia. 

The Indian peacock is brightly colored, bright blue neck and head, and a metallic blue crown. They are well known for their ‘Tail Plumage’ or the ‘Peacock Dance’ that they use to attract females (peahens) and show up against other males. 

The length of the tail of the Indian Peacocks is 39-45 inches, Males are 77-89 inches in length and weigh 8.8 – 13.2 lb while females are only 37 inches in length and weight 6.1- 8.8 lb.

The Indian Peacocks show signs of physical feather differences which basically occurs when the male and female of the same species show different characteristics. Here, the male Indian peafowl looks completely different from the female Indian peafowl. 

The Male Indian Peacock looks very pretty and attractive while on the other hand female Indian peafowls or Indian Peahens look not as appealing. 

Green Peafowls or Javanese Peafowls

Green Peacocks are also known as Javanese peacocks, they are native to the Tropical forests of Southeast Asia. Green peafowls are unfortunately listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.

Green Peacocks have an enormous tail which can extend upto 2 metres. Male green peafowls are 70-118 inches in length and weigh 8 – 11 pounds while female Green peafowls are only 39 inches in length and weight 2.2 – 2.5 pounds.

Compared with the Indian peafowls, the genders of the Green Peafowls are very similar especially in the wild, you will not be able to differentiate whether the Green Peafowl is male or female which you can do easily in Indian peafowls. 

Green Peafowls, as the name suggests, are green in color. The neck and bosom plumes of both genders are luminous green and look like scales. In the male, the scapulars, middle, and more noteworthy wing coverts are blue, while the lesser coverts are green and structure a triangle of flaky plumes on the shoulder when the wing is shut. 

The female has blue lesser coverts, so comes up short on the triangle at the wing shoulder. Females additionally have neck scales bordered with copper, just as more expecting on the back and the primaries and alula. 

Both genders have screwed peaks, and are long-legged, weighty winged, and since a long time ago followed in outline. The peak of the female has a somewhat more extensive crest, while those of the male are more slender and taller. The facial skin is twofold striped with a white to light blue and next to the ear is a yellow to orange bow.

Congo Peafowl

As the name suggests, Congo Peafowls are found in Congo Africa thus they are also known as African Peafowl and mbulu by the people of Bakongo. 

The male Congo Peafowl is only  20-28 inch in length while females are 24-25 inches in length which makes them the smallest type of peafowl. They don’t have that impressive tail features which other types of peacock have.

The females are more insidiously colored than the male Congo Peafowls because it helps them to camouflage from the predators. 

The feathers of the Congo Peacock are deep blue with metallic green and a violet tinge. It has a  solid red colored neck, gray feet, and a black tail which has 14 feathers on it. The Congo Peafowl is the national bird of Democratic Republic of Congo.

Missing of stretched, brilliantly shaded trains and hued blue, they are of little height contrasted with different species. 

The peahens of the Congo are dappled green and earthy colored, taking after youthful adaptations of green or Indian peacocks. Despite the fact that very little is thought about the endangered Congo peafowl, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums has set up a program to help protect and keep up their natural surroundings and populaces.

Other Unofficial Types of Peacocks eggs for hatching

Here are Extra breeds for the top best peacock breeds!


Spaldings are the hybrids of the Indian Peafowl and the Green Peafowl. In contrast to numerous mixtures, Spaldings are ripe and for the most part profit by cross-breed energy; Spalding with a high-green aggregate improves in chilly temperatures than the cool prejudiced green peafowl while as yet resembling their green guardians. 

Plumage changes between individual Spalding, with some looking undeniably more like green peafowl and some looking undeniably more like blue peafowl, however, most Spaldings carry the characteristics of both.

White or Gray Peacocks

White peafowls have a genetic condition called leucism which makes them white, it basically makes the pigment cells fail to migrate. They can produce the color pigments but they are unable to migrate them.

This makes their color white, blue-gray eye, and a lack of color in their plumage.

Plumage changes between individual Spalding, with some looking undeniably more like green peafowl and some looking undeniably more like blue peafowl, however, most Spaldings carry the characteristics of both.

Purple Peacocks

Purple peacocks are actually the mutant form of the blue Indian peacock that makes their color more purplish-blue instead of greenish-blue on the feathers. They have a purplish-blue head and neck and also have purplish feathers.