A peacock is known for its long, shiny, dark blue neck and a crown on its head. A peacock has beautiful, multicoloured feathers. While dancing, a peacock spreads its wings, and a dancing peacock presents a very beautiful sight.
A peacock has the ability to fly for small distances, and the female peacock is named as “peahen”. Peacock plays an important role in agriculture as it keeps the insects away from damaging the crop. According to Indian Mythology, peacock has got much importance. The length of the peacock ranges from 195 to 225 cm and weighs around 5 kg. The head, neck, and breast of peacock are of iridescent blue colour. The peacock colours appear as intricate microstructures. Furthermore, these microstructures create optical phenomena. Also, each train feather ends in an oval cluster that is mesmerising to watch when it opens the feathers. The back wings of the Peacock are greyish brown in colour, and are short and dull.
Peacocks are omnivorous species that survive on seeds, insects, fruits and even small mammals. A group usually consists of a single male and 3-5 females. They are mostly visible on the upper branches of a tall tree that help them escape predators. At the time of danger, they run rather than take a flight.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are peafowls good pets?
The blue peafowl generally makes the best pet, as it is more adaptable, tamer, and less aggressive than other types. On the other hand, the green peafowl is one of many endangered birds, so it is not recommended to keep them as pets.
Where is the peacock found?
The male is called a peacock, and the female is a peahen; together they are called peafowl. The most common species of peafowl are the blue, or Indian, peacock (Pavo cristatus), of India and Sri Lanka, and the green, or Javanese, peacock (P. muticus), found from Myanmar (Burma) to Java.