Genus PAVO

Peafowl are distinguished by the peculiar erect occipital crest of elongate feathers in both sexes. The tail is long, wedge-shaped, and composed of 20 feathers, but it is far surpassed in length by the train of the male birds, which consists of the modified upper tail-coverts. Wings rounded, 1st quill much shorter than 10th. Tarsus very long, and in males armed with a spur.

This genus inhabits India and the Indo-Chinese countries with part of the Malay Archipelago, and contains two species, both found within our limits.

Key to the Species.

a, Crest-feathers fully webbed at the end only………………………P. cristatus, p. 68.
b. Crest-feathers lanceolate, webbed throughout………………………P. muticus, p. 70.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Genus PAVO
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
68
M_ID: 
1644
M_SN: 
Pavo
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1877

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