National Bird – Peacock
Peacock (Pavo cristatus) commonly called as Indian peafowl was announced as the National Bird of India in 1963, because of its strong association with Indian tradition and culture. Peacock also known as Mayura in Sanskrit, is given this prestigious status not only for its beauty and grace but also for religious and legendary involvement in Indian mythology. Because of its rare and stunning appearance, the bird has drawn attention of many emperors and poets since ancient times. These sacred birds are widely distributed across the country and are exclusively protected under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972.