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Can You Eat Peacock: [Taste & Nutritional Facts]

A peacock might be a beautiful bird that is immensely known for its pride in its tail. PeacocksOpens in a new tab. consider their tail a prized possession and are over prod of it, strutting it and showing it off everywhere they go. There is no denying that they aren’t beautiful birds with their bright blueish/green bodies.

And, their tail! Beautiful as well with its unique color palette. Despite their true beauty, you might be surprised to learn that people actually consume this animal.

Peacock is edible and people do eat the peacock meat. Despite this, peacock meat is immensely popular. It is even considered kosher when mixed with meat and eggs.

Not only is the peacock one of the most beautiful game birds out there, but it is also one of the most delicious. This is why when some people try the meat for the first time, they end up never getting enough.

Regardless, you should know that the meat is delicious, but the tastes and textures can vary depending on the way one cooks and prepares the meat.

What Does Peacock Taste Like

Can You Eat Peacock


That being said, the best thing about this beautiful game bird is that it doesn’t require as much prep as other wild animals. And, this is because the meat doesn’t have a naturally gamey taste that you’d experience with many other birds.

They actually taste somewhat like a turkey offers a beautiful, succulent white breast meat that is hard to mimic. The breast meat is not only naturally delicious and white, but it is so light that it is similar to that of the leg or thigh meat, rather than breast.

When cooked, it is a meat that should come out much juicer than turkey or other types of meat as well. Of course, this can vary depending on your cooking methods and time, but this is the case with most general recipes.

Peacock is a meat that is served to royalty in some parts of the world, especially in England. The kings, queens, and other aristocracy are always feasting on the bird.

When cooked, prepared, delivered in the right way this bird can make quite the presentation as well. All sprawled out on a beautiful platter with its tail feathers arranged to compliment the dish.

Peacock Meat Nutrition

A peacock is not only a beautiful bird, but it is one that’s meat offers immense health benefits. And, this is because of its extremely rich nutritional profile. In fact, this is one of the many reasons that people farm peacock these days.

Along with this, every time the animal reproduces, it creates anywhere from 4 to 6 offspring. This is the very reason people starting consuming the bird in the first place. When raising them, they became overpopulated, leaving certain farmers with the idea of consuming their meat.

That aside, the peacock offers meat similar to that of pheasant so it’ll have a similar nutritional profile. In 1 cup of diced or chopped peacock meat, you can expect to get 45.4 grams of protein with 334.6 calories. However, of these 300-some calories, only 152.5 on them are from fat. The meat is also fairly low in cholesterol, containing only 124.6 milligrams per cup.

You don’t have to worry about carbs either because the meat is totally carb-free. However, the best thing probably is the high nutrient content. Along with 379.4 milligrams of potassium, peacock meat contains 81 percent Vitamin B6, w43 percent Vitamin B12, 26 percent iron, 13 percent zinc, 9 percent magnesium, and 53 percent Niacin. With 53 percent of Niacin and such a high protein content.

Peacock makes the perfect meat for dieting as well as weight lifters looking to put on lean muscle.


You already know that the peacock is a beautiful bird. You now know that it is also one that is highly rich in nutritional value. Its meat possesses the ability to provide a plethora of health benefits.

Along with this it actually tastes good naturally for a game bird. A naturally great tasting meat that you’ll only be able to make taste better with the right recipes and seasonings.

Brian Koller

Growing up on a farm in eastern PA, I’ve grown fond of wildlife and the woods and learning about the critters and firewood and everything else in-between. I made this site to share my experiences and knowledge.

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