30 Colorful Peacock Facts

Peacock is a heavy-bodied beautiful ground bird. The real name of these birds is peafowl. Though commonly known as the peacock, only a male bird is a peacock. Peacocks are mostly known for their beautiful tail feather display seen especially on males. These tail feathers are called trains. Male peacocks showcase their train to attract female peacocks. Peacocks are seen mostly in India. There is also a Congo peafowl seen in the Congo basin area.

Peacock is an uncommon bird. Peacocks are widely known for their distinctive feather and colorful appearance. There are many fascinating facts about peacocks unknown to us. Let us know some peacock facts.

There are only three peacock species, the Indian peafowl, Green peafowl, and Congo peafowl.

Female peafowl is called BEVY, they don't have long trains.

A group of peafowl is called a party. It is also called a harem.

A peacock is not born with trains. They start to grow tarin at the age of three.

A peacock shade trains once a year after the mating season.

Peafowl can fly short distances.

Peafowl are omnivorous birds. This means they eat things regardless of animal or plant.

Peafowl lives in warm places. They can't survive cold weather.

The trains of a peacock is 60% of its body weight.

When seen under microscopes, the trains of a peacock have a crystal-like structure.

The crystal-like structure of the trains is the cause of fluorescent colors of a peacock’s train.

Peacock can make ‘infrasound’ sound with trains.

Peafowl calls are high peached. They can make 11 different sounds.

Peafowl is a social bird. They tend to live in small or large groups.

Peafowl also a territorial bird. They fight to defend territories.

Average lifespan of peafowl is 10-20 years.

Peafowl lives as long as double in captivity. Records of living over 40 years are common.

One peacock can have up to five partners at a time.

Peacock is the national bird of India.

The national symbol of Burma is the grey peacock.

There is some leucistic peacock. They are all white type of peacocks.

IUCN listed Green Peacock as Endangered species. Only 5000-30,000 is believed to extant in wild.

All peafowl has bare patches under their eyes.

Peafowl can run as fast as 10 miles an hour.

Peafowl has been domesticated for 2000 years.

Male Peafowl is one of the largest flying birds.

There are records of sex change in peafowls.

The ancient Indian Maurya empire was named after peafowl.

In Persian and Babylonian civilization, the peacock was regarded as the guardian of the royals.

Hera, the Queen of the Gods and is the wife and sister of Zeus had the hundred eyes of Argus preserved forever in the peacock's tail, according to Ovid.

Peacocks are one of the most beautiful bird species ever roamed on the surface of the earth. There beautiful little crowns, colorful feathers are fascinating for us. But in many ways, peacocks are harmed by human beings and losing their natural habitats. We must be more cautious about keeping the bird species safe.

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