Javanese Green Peafowl

Pavo muticus muticus

The Javanese Green Peafowl (usually shortened to Java Green), as the name suggests, inhabits the Island of Java. There are also two subspecies of Green Peafowl, namely the Indo-Chinese Green peafowl (Pavo muticus imperator) and the Burmese Green Peafowl (Pavo muticus spicifer), again ingeniously named after the areas they originate from. The Javanese Green has the brightest colours of the three and is an impressive bird. The cocks differ from the Indian Blue Peafowl by their green and copper colouring, an upright (closely gathered) crest and blue and yellow facial skin. They are also taller and more slender than the blues. The Javanese Green peahen, while not quite as showy as the cock, as she lacks some of the glossiness of the male and the magnificent train, is none the less a beautiful and colourful bird, retaining much of the green colouring of their mate.

Green Peafowl are not particularly hardy birds and will need some heat, especially when young, for the winter. They also tend to be a bit wilder than the Indian Blue Peafowl. Our own experience is still rather limited. Both our boys are very tame with us and happy to eat out of our hands but they don't take kindly to us doing things in the aviary that they don't count as normal: Generally anything other than feeding or collecting and supplying water dishes. The spade is apparently an enemy to be wary of. They do, however, usually just stay out of the way when we are "up to something". One of our boys is much braver than the other and unfortunately the younger of the two goes straight into panic mode when strangers wander near his pen and gets in a bit of a state (to put it mildly). Thankfully he is a completely different bird when faced with the usual routine of things and almost has my fingers off pulling them at peanut feeding time.

We have waited a long time but we finally have two hens for our gorgeous boys and the elder of our two bonny girls will be old enough to breed this spring. Age is of course no guarantee that we will get eggs or that they will be fertile but having the birds, at last, is a starting place. This is a new learning experience for us so I have no idea how we'll get on with hatching or, if we're lucky, rearing chicks but we'll post any news on our facebook page and update here too after we've gathered some intelligence on the process. Excited about the prospect of our new adventure and crossing my fingers we'll have good news to share.

Javanese Green Peacock Javanese Green Peacock face
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