Facts About Peacocks

1. The Peafowl includes three different species, the pheasants, genera pavo and the Afropavo.
2. There are two Asian species namely, the Indian peafowl and the green Peafowl. We also have the Congo Peafowl.

3. The Indian Peafowl is originated from Indian. It is otherwise known as the Blue Peafowl.

4. The term “Peafowl” or “Peacock” is specially reserved for the male; the female is known as “Peahen” while the offspring are called “Peachicks”.

5. The male Peafowl is known for its piercing call and extravagance.

6. The male Peafowl possesses eye spotted tail or a train of covert feathers displayed as part of a courtship ritual. This is common to the Asian male species.

7. The Indian Peafowl has iridescent green or blue plumage.

8. The Green Peafowl is different from the Indian Peafowl; the male has gold and green plumage and black wings with shades of blue.

9. The Male Congo Peacock does not make use of its convert feathers during courtship displays. The Male Congo peacock uses its tail feathers.

10. The Congo Peacock tail feather is shorter than that of the green and Indian species and the ocelli are much more noticeable.

11. Peacocks are forest birds that nest on the ground but rest on trees, they are terrestrial feeders.

12. Peacocks are omnivorous, they eat mostly plant parts and other reptiles, amphibians likewise arthropods. They are not selective; they eat almost anything that fits their peak.

13. Mostly, Peacocks possess white plumage. Nevertheless, albino does exist but it's rather rare. Albino peacocks have a condition called Leucism, the have complete lack of Melanin resulting in albino characteristics of pink or red eyes. Peacocks with Leucism are born yellow but turn white as they grow.

Facts About Peacocks


14. They hunt insects like termites, ants, and crickets, Indian Peacock eats small snakes.

15. All Peacocks are polygamous.

16. Male Peacocks have thorns on their leg used for fighting.

17. Peacock defends their territory often through intra sexual characters protecting their territory from predators. They fight for places within the habitat to show strong front for the peahens.

18. Domestic Peacock feeds on bread and grain such as cheese, rice and sometimes cat food.

19. Peacocks and their sexual characteristics have been used in discussing causes of sexual traits.

20. During courtship in Peacocks, vocalization is the major way to attract Peahens.

21. Some research has shown that the intricacies of the song by Peacocks are impressive to Peahens.

22. Singing in Peacocks occurs mostly before, after or sometimes during copulation.

23. Peacocks love protein foods, meat as well as vegetables.

24. In Hinduism, the Indian Peacock is the mount of the Lord Kartikeya the God of war. In some cultures, the peacock symbolizes pride and vanity.

25. In Persia, the Peacock is seen as a guardian of royalty and it is seen engraved on thrones of Royalty. Peacocks were believed to be immune to poison and that it deliberately consume poisonous substances which make their plumage more colorful.

26. Among Ashkenazi Jews, the golden Peacock represents joy and creativity; it is believed that the quill from peacock’s feathers gives a writer inspiration.
27. A stylized peacock in full display is the Logo of the Pakistan Television Cooperation.

28. In 1956, John Graham invented an abstraction of a peacock with 11 feathers for American broadcaster NBC.

29. In early times, ancient Greeks believed that the flesh of peacock does not decay after death, so it was taken as a symbol of immortality, this symbol was adopted by Christians. They believed that the eyes in the feathers of peacocks symbolize the all seeing God. A peacock drinking from a vase is interpreted as a Christian drinking from the waters of eternal life.

30. In Christian iconography, the peacock is depicted next to the tree of life.

Facts About Peacocks


31. During the Mediaeval era, different kinds of fowls were consumed as food with lesser consumers eating more common birds like the chicken. In a palace on a king’s table, a Peafowl will be displayed for culinary consumption.

32. The first great dynasty unifying the Indian in the third century was named “Maurya”

33. The Ancient monarchies in Iran were called the Peacock throne.

34. In the Hellenistic imaginary, the goddess from Greek “Hera” chariots was pulled by Peacocks, birds not known to the Greeks were Conquests of Alexander. Alexander’s teacher, Aristotle called it “the Persian bird”.

35. A myth states that the Hera’s servant, Argus Panoptes the hundred eyes were instructed to guard the woman who turned cow, Lo. Hera had turned her into a cow after he noticed Zeus interest in her. Zeus made Hermes, the messenger of the gods eliminate Argus through eternal sleep and free Lo. According to Ovid, to commemorate her honest watchman, Hera had the eyes of Argus preserved for eternity and placed it in the Peacock’s tail.




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