any of several gallinaceous birds of the genera Pavo, of India, Sri Lanka, southeastern Asia, and the East Indies, and Afropavo, of Africa.
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How to use peafowl in a sentence
The Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus) usually lay their large white eggs on the ground in long grass or thick undergrowth.A Bird Calendar for Northern India | Douglas Dewar
But there were many different kinds—not alone of hens and roosters; for there were peafowl, and guineas, and ducks, and turkeys.Six Little Bunkers at Mammy June's | Laura Lee Hope
The peafowl is smaller, slenderer, and more graceful than the turkey, and is a little more agile in motion.
The methods of managing turkeys apply at nearly every point to the management of peafowl.
The scarcity of peafowl is not due wholly to the expense of procuring them or to the difficulty of rearing them.
British Dictionary definitions for peafowl
either of two large pheasants, Pavo cristatus (blue peafowl) of India and Ceylon and P. muticus (green peafowl) of SE Asia. The males (peacocks) have a characteristic bright plumage: See peacock (def. 1)
a rare closely related African species, Afropavo congensis (Congo peafowl), both sexes of which are brightly coloured
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