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Display behaviour of Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus (Aves: Galliformes) during the mating season in viralimalai, TamilNadu, India

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Varadharajan Gokula

Abstract

The Indian peafowl, Pavo cristatus, the largest of the pheasants of India, inhabits mostly in the semi arid conditions. In the present study, we examined the courtship displays of free-ranging peacocks in relation to both the orientation and the relative positions of females being attracted/courted from August 2012 to January 2013 in Viralimalai, Tamil Nadu, India. The following questions are addressed in this study: (1) Do the peacocks orient their courtship display towards the sun? (2) Is there any relationship between the presence of peahen and the duration of display of peacock? (3) Is there any site-preference to display? It is found that majority of the display oriented towards sun initially but oriented towards peahen (regardless of its direction) soon after its arrival. Although peacock displayed even in the absence of peahen, presence of peahen influenced the display duration of peacock. Displays were performed largely in open areas in the study area.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v7i1.7502

How to Cite: Gokula, V., (2015). Display behaviour of Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus (Aves: Galliformes) during the mating season in viralimalai, TamilNadu, India. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 7(1), pp.8–13. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v7i1.7502
Published on 20 Jan 2015.
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