Blue peafowl

Pavo cristatus

mark parkinson peacock
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Birds
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae

Newquay Zoo is home to 5 free-ranging peafowl.

Peafowl are native to India and can be found on the forest floor of open woodland, but they will also inhabit farmland and more urban areas.

They eat grain, seeds, berries, insects, snakes and mice.

Interesting facts!

  • The male birds are known for their fabulous displays of their tail feathers – over 200 of them in brilliant colours – which stretch out as a fan around their body and are used to attract females in courtship.
  • They are ground feeders but they roost in the trees at night, escaping many predators that hunt on the forest floor.


Blue peafowl are widely distributed in the wild across South Asia and protected both culturally in many areas and by law in India. However, illegal poaching for their meat and feathers and accidental poisoning by feeding on pesticide-treated seeds are known threats to wild birds. In parts of India, these birds can also be a nuisance to agriculture as they damage crops.