Green Peafowl

a.k.a. Javan Peafowl

Pavo muticus

A Java Green Peacock
Photo courtesy of Adrian lindcoln Wong

Green Peafowl are rarer than Blue Indias, both in the wild and in captivity. Their range is from Burma south onto the island of Java. Of the 3 subspecies, two are fairly similar: P. m. muticus from Java and P. m. imperator from the Indo-Chinese area. The Burmese P. m. spicifer is a more drably colored bird.

In captivity they are not as hardy as the Blue India and need good winter shelter and supplemental heat. They are also quite flighty and do better in a large aviary with a lot of cover. In spite of their shyness, some males become very aggressive toward their keepers.

They reach maturity in the third year. Incubation of the clutch of 4-6 eggs takes 28 days.

When a Green Peafowl is crossed with an India Blue, the resulting offspring are known as Spaldings.


A closer shot of the peacock's head
Photo courtesy of Adrian lindcoln Wong

A Java Green peahen
Photo courtesy of Aubrey Webb

A yearling pair of Green Peafowl
Photo courtesy of Shady Hollow Farm

A Java Green male in his camouflage outfit
Photo courtesy of Adrian lindcoln Wong

Java Green females
Photos courtesy of Adrian lindcoln Wong

The head of a Green Peahen
Photo courtesy of Shady Hollow Farm

Another Java Green peacock
Photo courtesy of Adrian lindcoln Wong


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