1. The National Bird of India is the peacock.
2. The Peacock was declared the National Bird of India in 1963.
3. Peacock has a prominent reference in ancient Indian Art and Architecture as well as has a religious and legendary involvement in Indian traditions. Therefore it was chosen as the National Bird of India.
4. It is a colourful, swan-sized bird, with a fan-shaped crest of feathers, a white patch under the eye and a long, slender neck.
5. It is a found in many parts of India.
6. Peacocks are omnivores and eat insects, flowers, seeds and small rodents and lizards.
7. It eats up harmful insects and therefore its a good friend of farmers.
8. Peacock or the male bird is more beautiful, colourful and brighter than its female counterpart, which is called Peahen.
9. Peacocks have larger tails and heavier bodies compared to Peahen.
10. The Peacocks are very large birds with massive feathers but they can fly, although not very high or to a long distance.
11. Peacocks can live up to twenty years of age.
12. The Peacocks shed their feathers every year. The new set of feather grows once the old ones are discarded.
13. Peacock dance is a popular dance. A peacock dance done in a group is a fascinating sight.
14. When a peacock dances, it spreads out its feathers like a fan which look very beautiful.
15. Peacock’s voice is not very sweet.
16. Its feathers are used to make purses, jackets and many beautiful things.
17. Peacock is a protected bird according to Indian Government order.
18. Hunting of peacocks is banned in India. It is fully protected under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.