to the peacock page! Did you know that scientists actually call male
peafowl peacocks, females peahens, and babies (under
one year old) peachicks? However, today most
English speaking people call all birds belonging to the peafowl
you know that long ago people never got to
see peacocks? That’s because they once all
lived in the deep forests of India!
Today, wild peacocks can still be found in India, although
now villagers like having peacocks around. They like having peacocks
around because they eat small poisonous snakes and other pests.
Today the Indian peafowl is the National bird of India.
communicate visually and through sound. The
peacock’s courtship rituals include the display of its beautiful plumage and a loud call. The males' call sounds similar to a cats
“meow.” As for the
females' call, it is similar to the dogs “arf” bark. A male peacock shakes
its tail feathers in the direction of the peahen to get her
attention. Peacocks are
polygamous, so they mate with 4 or 5 peahens, although they can be
happy with one.
Females can also
display their plumage to keep danger away from their young or to get
rid of other female competition.
Many of the brilliant colors of the peacock plumage are due
to an optical interference phenomenon found in the barbules of the feathers.
no! It’s coming after me! Peacocks scream warnings whenever
something is wrong, especially at night. If a branch falls or an
animal walks by, everyone will hear it for sure. Here are some of
the loud sounds they make: “Lee-own! Lee-own Ah-wooed!
Kokkok-kok-kok-kok! Eyehook and Eyehook."
If some peacocks moved into your neighborhood, would you be a
fan of these noisy, but beautiful birds?
Do you know what a
peacock looks like? Well,
the males' tail feathers (also known as the plumage or trains)
are colored green, blue, and orange. However, the plumage isn't really a tail
but is really made of long upper tail coverts.
Besides the blue peacocks, there are
also green peacocks with
golden-green bodies and necks. Both
kinds have been bred to have many different colors of feathers
including white. As for the
females, their feathers are colored brown and green, and they do not
have the long trains.
Both species have
a head crest.
| Tame peacocks
can be found all over the world! Did you know that
the Congo peafowl is found in parts
of Central America? Also
the peacock lives in Burma, Thailand, Indo China, Malaya, and Java.
The Annametic dragon bird (green peacocks) live in the broadleaf evergreen
forests of Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Southern Yunnan China.
The Indian peafowl (as you already know) is the national bird of
it is located there too.|
you know that peacocks eat plant parts, flower petals, seed heads, and
insects? Almost all
peacocks hunt for small animals, minnows, and arthropods on the ground,
in shallow streams and also in tall grass. Usually a
peacock prefers to eat small snakes and other reptiles. |
People who raise
peacocks feed them shelled corn, cracked corn, oats, rabbit pellets, dog
food, trout chow, sunflower seed, grass, dandelions, insects, and other
mate from early spring until early autumn. Peacocks are able to
start reproducing around the age of two. The males make a loud
call and spread their beautiful tail feathers to attract
The female makes a nest on the ground in a protected area or she
may dig a hole. Peahens will lay up to ten or more brownish
After a month, the strong little
peachicks hatch and start chasing
after insects to eat. Peacock chicks' wings are so strong that they could
fly to a low branch.
Other Interesting Facts |
Did you know that in the wilds of
India peacocks have to watch out for predators? They have to watch out for tigers, leopards, and other large
predators. Whenever a
peacock sees one, they call out a loud warning.
Did you know that males'
feathers are actually brown? When
the light hits the feathers in all different directions, breathtaking
colors shimmer and glow.
Here's another interesting fact!
feathers on a peacock grow out of its back. His tail feathers are
actually behind the fan of feathers. The fan of feathers are held up straight
by his tail feathers.
- With good care,
peafowl can live up to forty to fifty years.
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