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The Congo Peafowl
, Afropavo congensis
is a species of peafowl
. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Afropavo.
The male is a large bird, up to 70cm long, deep blue with a metallic green and violet tinge. It has bare red neck skin, grey feet, a black tail with fourteen feathers and the head adorned with vertical white elongated hair-like feathers on its crown. The female is generally a chestnut brown bird with black abdomen, metallic green back and a short chestnut brown crest. Both sexes resemble immature Asian Peafowl
, with early stuffed birds being erroneously classified as such before they were officially discovered as a species.
It inhabits and is endemic to lowland rainforests of Congo River Basin in central Democratic Republic of the Congo. The diet consists mainly of fruits and invertebrates. The male has a similar display to other peacock
s, fanning its tail in this case, while other peacock
s fan their upper tail coverts. Male is monogamous, though information from the wild needed.
Very little is known about this species, seeing as it was first recorded as a species in 1936 by Dr. James Chapin based on two stuffed specimens at Congo Museum in Belgium. It has characteristics of both the peafowl
and the guineafowl
, which may indicate that the Congo Peafowl
is a link between the two families.
Due to ongoing habitat loss, small population size and hunting in some areas, the Congo Peafowl
is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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