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image These domestically kept peacocks are located in Tooele County, peacefully roaming their territory. Thank You, Mr. Judd, for the pictures.

January 23, 2014
Male peacock feathers meant to attract, females meant to conceal

Domestically kept by humans for thousands of years, peafowl (commonly known as peacocks), are still to this day adorned for their vivid feathers and particular behaviors.

Also considered one of the easiest birds to raise, there are some things you should know before you run out and buy one. First, they are extremely loud and have a habit of startling neighbor folks. They also require enough property to roam freely. They often get onto rooftops, trees, and high places. Peafowl at times are raised to sell their meat and eggs, but most of the time, they are kept for selling their feathers or simply because of their beauty.

Like male and female mallard ducks, peafowls are sexually dimorphic and their genders can be differed by the color of their feathers. Males are often called the “peacock” because of the long ocellus tipped feathers and the colorful feathers all over their body. The female, on the other hand, referred to as “peahen,” have little or no traces of bright colors on them and appear duller in color. Though vivid or dull, both feathers of the peacocks and peahens have their certain purposes.

For example, the peacock’s feathers are meant for seizing the attention of a mate, by exposing his tail to its fullest and vibrating it, he then adds a “back and forth” swaying motion in attempt to impress the peahen. Their feathers are also designed for scaring off predators by making them look bigger and threatening. As for the peahen’s feathers, they are used for camouflaging into their surroundings, for drawing minimal attention to themselves and their produced offspring. Another fact, newly hatched chicks are capable of flying up into trees and out-of-reach places when they become about a week old.

 

Addie T. Lindsay is 17 years old. She is an accomplished writer and photographer of wildlife creatures, big and small. She can be reached at CritterChatter@Live.com.

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