The Indian peacock is the common name for pavo cristatus. This resplendent bird with its iridescent blue and green feathers is considered to be the national bird of India.
This bird is native to South East Asia, however it can nowadays be found all over the world because it has been introduced into other continents. These birds live from 10-25 years in the wild and are distinguished by the crown of feathers on their heads and their huge tails which have gorgeous eye like designs. In 1963 it was named India’s national bird.
Not only is this bird ubiquitous in India, it also has religious significance. Many religious traditions in India give special protection to the peafowl. For this reason, it is forbidden to hunt and to kill this bird in India.
A bold symbol of a country. The peacock demonstrates India’s beauty and biodiversity.