Pavo Linn., Syst. Nat., 10th ed. i, p. 156 (1758).
Type, Pavo cristatus Linn.
The birds of this genus are distinguished by their erect occipital crest of feathers and the greatly lengthened upper tail-coverts of the males; the tail is long, slightly graduated and of twenty feathers; wings rounded, the first quill shorter than the tenth; tarsus very long and strong and armed with a spur. The genus is found "in India, the Indo-Chinese countries and the Malay Archipelago.
Key to Species,
A.Crest-feathers ending in spatulate, half-moon-shaped drops..............P. cristatus, p. 282.
B.Crest-feathers ending in points ............... P. muticus, p. 284.