As I prefer to write mostly about our own birds and experiences on our website this page will be rather brief. I hope in time to expand it but this will be dependent on our good fortune in finding and purchasing hens for our two Java Green peacocks. These birds can be difficult to sex when young and although when we bought our birds we had ordered pairs (a male and female) from two different breeders we ended up with four cocks. Two of these we sold and we have two gorgeous boys left which are now three and four years old. Ever since they were young poults we have tried unsuccessfully to find hens for them but we are still searching and hope, once again, that this year we will be lucky. As it can take three years for hens to reach sexual maturity it's likely to be quite a while before I can update you on our breeding progress but this is not unusual when dealing with rare birds and nature. Apparently patience is a virtue which should really make us far more righteous than in reality... But who am I to argue?
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. In our own limited experience, 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 they don't count as normal such as adding plants or perches, 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. They are wonderful and stunning birds and we do not wish to give up hope of finding our beauties hens. If and when we do we will be sure to let you know and if anyone hears of any available within the UK please, please, get in touch with us.