Congo Peafowl

(Afropavo congensis)

Scientific Info Image Gallery Links Bibliography Species Home

Afropavo congensis
Photo by Jan Harteman

Additional Information

Breeding Season:

Breeding Age:

Clutch Size: 2 - 4

Incubation Period::

Description - Male: The males are mostly dark blue all over with a metallic green and purple tinge, and have a much shorter tail (with no ocelli) than the Asian species. The upright crest is white in front with a few dark feathers behind. The throat is reddish-brown.

Description - Female: The hen is also very different from Asian peafowl. She has a bright chestnut breast, underparts and forehead, while the back is metallic green.

Status in Captivity: None in private collections, only held by zoological parks at this time.

Misc Notes: In captivity, they are known to lay their small clutches of 2 to 4 eggs in an elavated nest box or on platforms placed about five feet from the ground. Incubation lasts about 26 days incubated by only the female. Chicks rely heavily on insects as their diet for the first week of life. Females reach sexual maturity the first year for females and males nearly two; adult plumage is not attained until the second year.

Interesting Facts: Not known to science until the 1930s. This species shows characteristics of both peafowl and guineafowl, perhaps a historic link between the two families.

<< Previous

Bibliography and Further Reading

  • Delacour, J. 1977. The Pheasants of the World. 2nd ed., World Pheasant Association and Spur Publications, Hindhead, U.K.
  • Howman, K. 1991. Pheasants of the World: Their Breeding and Management. Hancock House Publishers, Surrey, B.C. Canada.
  • Johnsgard, P.A. 1999. The Pheasants of the World: Biology and Natural History. 2nd ed., Smithsonian Press, Washington D.C.
  • Madge, S., McGowan, P. 2002. Pheasants, Partridges, and Grouse. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
  • Sinclair, I., Ryan, P. 2003. Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.

Scientific Info Image Gallery Links Bibliography Species Home