Animals and Birds

Peacock and Peahen – History and Facts

The peacock is a beautiful bird found in the Congo basin of the Indian subcontinent, southeastern Asia and the continent of Africa. The peacock is called the king of birds, because when the bird dances with its wings spread during the rainy season, it seems as if it is wearing royal dress studded with diamonds. Apart from this, the crown-like crest on its head also gives it the title of the rule of birds, let’s know some interesting information about peacocks.

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How does Peahen get pregnant?

Peacocks have sex. A male peacock spreads its wings and attracts a female peacock to its side and as soon as a female peacock is attracted, the male peacock has sex on her back. According to some myths, peahen is pregnant by drinking peacock tears, while this is totally unscientific and baseless.

Facts about peacock

(1) Only male peacock is called ‘peacock’. The female peacock is used as ‘peahens’ and the children as ‘peachicks’ and the collective term ‘peafowl’ for all of them.

(2) Two different species of peacocks are found in the Indian subcontinent and adjacent Southeast Asia. Peacocks found in the Indian subcontinent are called blue or Indian peacocks while peacocks found in Southeast Asia are called green peacocks.

(3) Apart from blue and green, the color of peacock can also be white, purple and gray.

(4) The Government of India gave it the status of National Bird on 26 January 1963 due to the amazing beauty of the peacock. The blue peacock is the national bird of India while the national bird of our neighboring country Myanmar is the gray peacock.

(5) Peacock enjoys high status in Hinduism. The peacock feather in the crown of Lord Shri Krishna shows the importance of this bird.

(6) Peacock voice: Peacock can extract 11 different types of sounds.

(7) The national emblem of the Maurya Empire, the largest empire in the history of India, was also a peacock. The coins used to run in Chandragupta Maurya’s kingdom had peacock on one side.

(8) The throne on which the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan sat was like a peacock. Between two peacocks was the king’s throne and the peacock with wings spread behind.

(9) Peacocks can run at a speed of 16 kilometers per hour and can fly at the same speed. It is one of the largest flying birds on earth.

(10) It is very easy to find out the gender of a peacock. The plumage on the head of the male peacock is large in size while the crest of the female peacock is small.

(11) Peacock feathers are quite famous. But it is found only in the male peacock. The flakes on the tail of a peacock may have wings up to the count of 150.

(12) The peacock will immediately sink into the water because it cannot swim because they do not have ruffled feet.

(13) During the rainy season in the year, i.e. in the month of August, all the feathers of the peacock fall. But before coming to Summer, these wings come out again.

(14) Peacock has an average lifespan of 10 to 25 years.

(15) The peacock’s scientific name is Pavo cristatus.

(16) In English this bird is called Peafowl. The male peacock is called Peacock while the female peacock is called Peahen.

(17) Peacock is an omnivorous bird that can eat from grass, leaves, gram and wheat to insects and snakes.

(18) Peacock is a friendly bird of farmers. It eats insects, pests, rats, lizards, termites and snakes from the fields. But seeing the red chillies standing in the fields, the peacock also consumes it, causing little harm to the farmers.

(19) The peacock likes to live in the forests, but the search for food brings it to the human population.

(20) Peacocks do not make any kind of special nest or house like other birds to live.

(21) A female peacock can lay eggs twice a year. The number of eggs can be from 4 to 8.

(22) Peahen mostly lay eggs in pits. It may take 25 to 30 days for the eggs to hatch.

(23) Little peacocks take three to four years to grow up, but very few children are able to grow up, because before this dogs and other animals eat them.

(24) Peacocks fly away and hide in trees as soon as there is danger from predators such as leopards and leopards.

(25) They are one of the largest flying birds. Their length, including the tail, can reach 5 feet.

(26) Peacock is also mentioned in the Bible that it was written that peacocks were one of the most valuable items taken out of Asia by King Suleiman’s ships.

(27) The ancient Greeks believed that Peahen’s body did not rot even after his death, so it was considered a symbol of immortality.

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