The Peacock’s Prized Plumage

There are thousands of species of birds on our planet. However, there is one that may be the most animated-peacock-image-0005remarkable and beautiful of them all – the Peacock.

Today we are going to explore some fun facts about this outstanding bird.

Did You Know?

  • The term “peacock” is generally used as the name for a “peafowl” of the pheasant family. Male peafowls are the only ones technically called the peacock. Females are “peahens” and babies are “peachicks.”
  • The peacock’s tail feathers are made up of dozens of “eye-spots.” He will display his impressive tail to attract a mate.
  • When the peacock’s tail is completed fanned it can reach up to 6.6 feet (2m). The peacock’s tail accounts for 60% of its total body length.
  •  Peacocks are one of the largest flying birds in the world. It has a wingspan of 5 feet (1.5m).
  • This species of bird is an omnivore. It loves to dine on plants, flowers, seeds, insects, and small lizards.
  • Some peacocks have a genetic mutation that causes them to be all white.
  • The male peacock has a very loud and shrill call.

There are three species of the peafowl;

  1. Indian Peafowl. This is the most common peacock. Its head and neck is covered in shiny, blue feathers arranged like scales. It is native to South Asia areas of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India.
  2. The Congo Peafowl is native to central Africa. It doesn’t have a large plumage like other varieties.
  3. The Green Peafowl is native to Southeast Asia, it has chrome green and bronze feathers. It lives in areas such as Myanmar and Java.

Peacocks can live up to 20 years. Their plumage is the most brilliant when they are around 5 or 6 years of age.

Check out this video by AviBirds for more fun facts!

What do you think of the peacock? Pretty cool, right? Give us a “squawk” in the comments section.

Categories: Beaks & Bills

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