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Learn More About The Blue Peafowl Bird

This week, Eschenbach want to teach you all about the Blue Peafowl bird, or Peacock as it's more commonly known as.

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Nowadays, one can find Blue Peafowls in almost any zoo in the world but where are these extravagant birds from?

 

Appearance

The head is rather small compared to the body and the male has bright blue feathers on the neck, chest and abdomen. It also has two white spots above and below the eye formed by bare skin.

Some could think of the peacock’s long and elegant train as its tail but the tail is in fact under the train; it is brown and around 40cm long. The train, however, is made of elongated upper-tail covert feathers with the famous blue 'eye-spot' pattern. These feathers can measure up to 150cm.

The peahen plumage is mostly brown and the neck has a bright blue-green colour. The chest is dark brown with green gloss and turns into a white belly while the top of the head is brown and the chin, throat and cheeks are white.

Both sexes have a crest on their heads, which is also strong blue in the males and brown in the females. With its train, a male is about two meters long and weighs four to six kilograms. In comparison, the hens are much smaller; they are about a meter long and weigh up to four kilograms.

 

Occurrence

The blue peafowl was initially only found in India and Sri Lanka. There, the birds inhabited the hilly sections of the jungle and came to the fields in the morning and evening. Because of their beauty, the first peafowls were brought in the Mediterranean 4,000 years ago. They were especially popular as ornamental birds, but also as a delicacy. Today we can see them roaming free in many large parks. They are very loyal and therefore do not need to be locked up.

 

Behavior And Facts

Did you know that Blue Peafowls are known to eat young cobras in their native habitat? That's why they are welcome in many places in India. In addition, they have a strong sense of smell and hearing and are very watchful. With their loud, penetrating calls, they warn of approaching predators such as tigers and leopards - and allegedly also from bad weather and that's why, in India, its call is interpreted as 'minh-ao,' meaning 'rain is coming'. The blue peafowl often has its own sleeping tree in a village and is valued as a useful neighbour. It can fly a bit, but cannot reach high altitudes.

The blue peafowl courtship display is one of the most beautiful and impressive natural spectacles. They raise their magnificent feathers into an imposing and colourful fan to impress the females. 

 

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