The typical Asiatic peafowl belonging to the genus Pavo include the familiar Indian Peafowl, Pavo cristatus and the poorly known Dragonbirds or Green Peafowl Pavo muticus. Some biologists believe that there are at least five distinctive and critically endangered species of Green Peafowl while others categorize them into a single species with three subspecies. The Arakan Dragonbird Pavo spicifer was once native to Northern Western Myanmar, Southern Tibet and Assam. The Indo-Chinese or Siamese Dragonbird Pavo imperator was once native to South East Myanmar and Thailand. The Annametic Dragonbird Pavo annamensis inhabited the broadlieaf evergreen forests of Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Southern Yunnan China. The Javanese Green Peafowl, Pavo javanensis is native only to the island of Java. The extinct Malay or Pahang Peafowl Pavo muticus muticus was believed by early naturalists to be identical to the species found on Java. The two are not identical and the peafowl's presence in the fossil record of Java from at least the Pliocene rules out an introduction by humans.












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When it is not in display, the long tail rests on the ground and hampers the movements of the peacock . The White Peacock is frequently mistaken for an albino, but is a color mutation. Peafowl are in nature omnivorous consuming plant parts, flower petals and seed heads when available, but insects and other arthropods are the preferred diet. Vegetable matter provides peafowl with the necessary fiber required to digest hard scales and bones of small reptiles. Unlike the somewhat similar Ring-neck Pheasant, Peafowls are obligate predators. This means, that animal protein is a real necessity for health and reproduction.

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