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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-24
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Grooming, #4 Exotic Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-17 4:34
Viewed: 6270
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Javanese Green Peacock (male)

The Green Peafowl, Pavo muticus also known as Dragonbird is a large member of the pheasant family. Like others of the genus it is a colourful bird. The male Green Peafowl is up to 3 meters long, including the "train" and weighs up to 5kg. The female is 1.1 meter long and weighs up to 1,1kg.

This is one of the two species in the genus Pavo, the other being the Blue or Indian Peafowl, commonly known as the Peacock. The Green Peafowl has a green tufted crest, different in shape to the fanned crest of the Blue and an iridescent metallic green colour plumage with scaly appearance on its neck, breast and mantle. His emerald green tail feathers have a series of eyes that are best seen when fanned. The female plumage is mainly a dull grey-green and she lacks the long tail of the male.

The Green Peafowl is a forest bird which nests on the ground laying 3 to 6 eggs. It is also a powerful flyer, that cover long distances from its deep forest roost to feeding sites in marsh pastures and along river banks. The diet consists mainly of seeds, insects, reptiles, fruits and small animals. It is called the Dragonbird because it hunts venomous snakes.

There are three subspecies of the Green Peafowl, P. m. spicifer from northeastern India and northwestern Myanmar that now is believed to be extinct, P. m. imperator found in Indo-China and the most brilliantly coloured, nominate race P. m. muticus of Java, Indonesia.

Some taxonomists believe that the endangered Green Peafowl is actually a complex of five distinct species although they are currently treated as one species with three subspecies. The Javanese Green Peafowl, P. m. javanensis is an endemic found on the island of Java. The extinct Malay or Pahang Peafowl P. m. muticus was earlier thought to be introduced by humans from Java, but fossils from the Pliocene epoch rules this out. However, this will create a controversy because the Javanese subspecies has "inherited" the name. Northern Yunnan is the home of one of the most distinctive form of Green Peafowl, The Yunnan Dragonbird P. m. yunnanensis. The Arakan Dragonbird P. m, spicifer was once native to northern western Myanmar, southern Tibet and Assam. The Indo-Chinese or Siamese Dragonbird Pavo muticus imperator was once native to southeast Myanmar and Thailand. The Annametic Dragonbird P. m. annamensis inhabited the broadleaf evergreen forests of Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and southern Yunnan China.

Due to hunting and a reduction in extent and quality of habitat, the Green Peafowl is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Ben,
Great shot. I like POV, composition, light, sharpness and colors very much. TFS. Congratulations.


this is great, ben, not the usual opened-tail shot,
but a terrific cleaning pose.
good strong colors and nice details - a variation with a bit
more green in the feathers than the usual blue?
well done & take care, thorsten.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-17 9:34]

Hi Ben

Exellent timing on this shot, capturing him in a very interesting position :) Besides that, you also managed implicitly to create a great contrast between his head and the darker feathers from under its wing, givin a really nice impression on the colors of the feathers on his head.
Great work!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Benyamin,
This pose is not normally seen. A moment well preserved. Great composition, pov, exposure. Very well done and seen.

Hi Ben
This is a very interesting pose of this beautiful and attractive bird. You have cought it very very well. Your POV was very well chosen. Perfect work. Braco and TFS dear friend.
Sincere greetings,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-17 21:27]

Hello Benyamin

A lovely capture of this beautiful bird.The colours are very rich , and the POV and DOF are very good.Nice details and a very good composition.TFS


Hello Ben,
He gives you a really interesting pose here!
Action well captured, with great details and fine reproduction of colours...
Situation is nicely framed!
Pablo -

Hi Ben,
You caught a really nice pose from this bird. Colors are very nice in a good composition with great details. Well done mf! Thanks,

Super close-up of this powerful bird. Very sharp and fine natural colours.

Bonjour Ben !
Cette photo est absolument magnifique ! Les détails, les couleurs, la composition, la pose de l'oiseau. Il n'y a rien à redire, j'adore ! Félicitations !
Merci et au revoir...JP
Les sourires demain

originalité, couleurs vives, belle réussite
bon travaoil
merci du partage amitiès edith

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-19 7:44]

Hello Benyamin,
Nice timing that gives view of a different side of the peacock ;-). POV, sharpness and colors look great. This is a very nice composition.

Great pose, good timing...well taken.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-10-20 8:28]

Hi Ben.
It is really very much interesting position hereof fabulously splendid bird.Very good timing and POV.I like natural colours.Good work.
Greetings Milos.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-10-26 10:03]

hi benyamin
you are successfuly presenting wonderful natural areas and objects of Indonesia to other members.
composition, point of view, colours, plain frame and note are great.

I saw a lot of these in India when I used to live there
and I never bothered to regiter them as they were so
commonplace. That was many, many moons ago.
I've never seen a register of the bird in this fashion.
Excellent work. Great capture.
Love your notes; higly useful to me.
Best regards, Mario.

Excellent shot, but how is that a male? No eyespots!

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