“The male Congo Peacock is monogamous, though more information from the wild is needed.” The monogamy of males is information gathered from observations made in zoos. It is repeated in most Afropavo congensis sources.
Our camera trap clips leave us wondering, however, if perhaps the females aren’t polyandrous?
Camera traps have given us our first small window into peacock behaviour in the congo forest. Previously our information came from hunters and dead birds.
Wherever our camera traps recorded female Congo Peacocks, the female is with more than one adult male. There were two series of frames, one of stills and one of video clips.
Although our photo stills (above) did not show obvious aggression between the males, we thought perhaps the video would.
The video comes from much farther south. Whereas the photos were snapped on our Losekola study area in upland forest in Orientale Province; the videos were taken on our KK/4 study area, about 150 km SSE, in Maniema Province, on the other side of the Lomami River.
The video below is from the southern part of the future park:
The scene above shows a female (far right) and at least two males moving through the understory in domestic calm.
Other photos and videos show only a single male.
In a couple of these the male is in full aggressive mode, but not against another male –
In the video above a solitary male peacock seems to be in “combat” with the camera trap.
We hear peacocks more often than we see them. A visitor, Trip Jennings, made the recording below outside the southern part of the park, on the left bank of the Lomami River. Thanks, Trip.