The peacock is a large, brightly coloured bird, known for its iridescent tail and plumage.
Here we’re going to look at 12 wonderful facts about the peacock.
- The term “Peacock” actually refers to the male, while the female is “Peahen”. Together, they are known as “Peafowl” and their offsprings are sometimes called “Peachicks”.
- There are three species of peafowl have been exists, two of these are the Indian peafowl and green peafowl native to Asia, and the other one is Congo peafowl native to Africa.
- The peacock is the national bird of India since 1963 and even it is part of the national symbols of India.
- A family of peafowl is known as a “bevy”. Moreover, a group of these birds are known as an “ostentation”, a “muster”, and even a “party”.
- The peafowls are omnivores, that means they usually like to eat plants, insects and other arthropods, reptiles, and amphibians.
- The peacock can run at an average speed of about 10 miles per hour (16 km/h).
- The “tail” of peacock is known as a “train”, made up of elongated upper tail coverts. Even, it can reach up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) long, that’s about 60% of its entire body length.
- The peacock is among the largest of all birds that fly, which have been 6 to 7 feet in length and weighs around 4 to 6 kg.
- The peafowl can live up to 10-25 years in the wild. Although in captivity, they are able to survive for more than 50 years.
- Peacocks use their train to attract the attention of peahens and even for courtship displays.
- Peahens usually choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of the feathers and train.
- The peacock’s tail converts has more than 200 brightly coloured feathers and almost all of these feathers end with an elaborate eye-spot.