About Peacocks

Peafowl groups………..• Indian Peafowl [most common]• Green Peafowl

White Peafowl

Binomial name is Pavo Cristatus . Peacocks are
omnivores. They eat termites, ticks, plant parts,
locusts,ants, mice, scorpions, flower petals, seed
heads, and other reptiles, arthropods and amphibians.
Peacocks are quite sociable birds. Peacocks can fly
for short distances. A wingspan of peacock can be
of six feet. A young peacock is called a peachick.
Peacocks’ lifespan is up to 20 years.

The males use their sparkling tail display, containing large, small feathers, in their manly maneuver for the best mate. The train of feathers is supported by smaller, shorter tail feathers. These colorful tail feathers do not develop till the peacock is three years old, and the trains are shed yearly, usually during the summer months. Males make loud weeping cries, when detects any risk approaching.When a peacock feels like to have a mate, he will show his train and march by the nearest female [peahen], puffingout his chest and shaking his tail feathers. During mating period, the peafowl are also very vocal, making “minh-ao”cries that can sound like a kitten. Mating season coincides with the monsoon season.Peahens usually start mating once she is three years old. She will lay an normal of 2-6 eggs at a time, hiding them in the jungle while laying lure eggs out in the open. The eggs are light brown in color and are laid every other day generally in the afternoon. The male does not help with the nurture, and is polygamous ( form of multiple mating )with up to six hens. They nest on the ground. The eggs take 28 days to hatch. The pea chicks are small with yellow and brown marks.Peafowl love to settle in trees during the night. A mother peahen will try to get her babies to fly up into the trees as soon as she can after their birth,and she will protect them with her wings so that they can sleep. She will bring small insects and berries & teach them to eat. Female peacocks are excellent mothers. Chicks stay with their families for about 9 months.

Importance of Peacocks in Indian religions/ cultures:As per Hindu tradition, the peacock is to be the vahan of God Karthikeya (Murugan), he is elder brother of God Ganesha, and also the goddess Saraswati.In Sanskrit Indian Peacocks are called as Mayura, has enjoyed a mythical place in India ever since antique era. Lord Krishna always used to wear a peacock feather tucked in hiscrown.

Peacocks frequently exist in closeness to humans. Due to this closeness to humans from long time, they have entered in prehistoric Indian fairy-tales, songs and poems as icons of beauty. Many rain songs have peacock-dance referred to in them, as the mating season overlaps with the beginning of monsoon rains in the month of Shravan (Hindu calendar). Mauryas are considered to be peacock-keepers of a royal courtyard in eastern India, so called Maurya Empire of ancient India..

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