15 peacock images and facts you may not know
Even though the peacock can be seen in comfortable natural habitats or zoos around the world, the peacocks are actually native to Asia.
The common name for peacock is Indian peafowl and the scientific name is Pavo cristatus.
Peacocks have an average lifespan in the wilnderness of around 10 to 25 years. And it's more or less same in captivity too.
The male peafowls have eye-catching color and beautifully shaped and colorful tail feathers.
The female peafowls due to lack of tail feathers do not fan out in the way the male peacocks do.
The train rattling behavior as it si called, is a trait of the male peafowls exhibited with an intention to woo a potential mate.
Among the peafowls, the male is called peacock while the female is known as a peahen.
Immediately after hatching, the male and female peachicks almost look similar. The male peafowls start developing their color after they are atleast 3 months old.
Peacocks attain full maturity at the age of 3 years an thta's when the beautiful tail feathers are at their best.
For peacocks it's the beauty of the tail that works its way to get a mating partner.
At the end of every mating season a peacock sheds all it's tail feathers and regrows long and fuller feathers ahead of the next mating season.
India designated the Indian Peacock as the national bird in 1963.
According to the IUCN, on the entire Indian subcontient, the peacock species falls under the "least concern" category.
The crest of peacocks are more than just a decoration. The crests act as a sensor. The train ratting event is not only seen by the female but it can also feel it in her crest.
Lastly, there's a species called snow-white peacocks. This is due to a genetic condition called leucism that results only in loss of pigment from feathers.