What's the difference between
a male and a female peacock?

What's the difference between a peacock and a peahen?


  • We tend to call them both peacocks but they are, strictly speaking, called peafowl with the females called peahens and the males called peacocks.

  • The males have their famous huge tails which, even when the tail is down, shows itself in its enormous length. By comparison, the female tail is very short and dull brown.

  • Both the female and the male have small head dresses.

  • The male has an iridescent blue neck and chest. The female has a rather more understated bright green neck.