Indian Blue Peafowl

 

The term "peacock" is commonly used to refer to birds of both sexes but in fact they are peafowl, only the males are peacocks and females are called peahens, their chicks, under 1 year, are known as peachicks which can fly at quite an early age

Peacocks are large and colourful, of the pheasant family, (typically blue and green) and known for their iridescent tails. The tail feathers, or coverts, spread out in a distinctive train that can be more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length made up of elongated upper-tail covert feathers which bear colourful eyespots with blue, gold, & red hues. These stiff and elongated feathers are raised into a fan and quivered in a display during courtship. Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, colour, and quality of their feather trains.

Peacocks are ground-feeders that eat insects, plants, and small creatures. e.g. shelled corn, cracked corn, oats, rabbit pellets, dog food, trout chow, sunflower seed, grass, dandelions, insects, and many other foods. Very inquisitive and quite comical to watch.

                                  

 

 

 In the thumbnails above we have:

1.  Peahen displaying
2. A broody peahen sitting on 5 eggs
3. Young Peahens
4  My beautiful Peacock displaying
5. Doing a great job at impressing!
6. Peachicks 3 weeks old