SCIENTIFIC NAME OF GREEN PEAFOWL – In this topic, we are going to identify the scientific name of green peafowl.Image from: Wikipedia
It is a species of peafowl under the pheasant family Phasianidae, which is native to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia.
It falls under the endangered category on the IUCN Red List due to a rapid decline on global population.The peafowl have long upper tail coverts which cover the actual tail underneath, with male ones decorated with eyespots; and females having green coverts.
It also has iridescent green neck and chest feathers and resemble scales.
The green peafowl are more more silent than Indian peafowl. The males have a loud call of ki-wao, which is often repeated, while the female has a loud aow-aa call with an emphasis on the first syllable.
Scientific nameThe binomial name of Indian peafowl is Pavo muticus.
Pavo is genus of two species in the pheasant family Phasianidae. The other species under this genus is Pavo cristatus or the common peafowl. Pavo is Latin for peacock.
The specific epithet muticus, on the other hand, is the Latin term of curtailed or docked, with the former defined as ‘cut off‘ basically.
The fowl has three subspecies:
Pavo muticus muticus | Java peafowlPavo muticus imperator | Indo-Chinese peafowlPavo muticus spicifer | Burmese peafowl
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