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Feathery Facts About Peacocks
Feathery Facts About Peacocks
1. Feathery Facts About Peacocks
With its massive tail and iridescent colors, this bird has long fascinated its human observers and were still learning its secrets. For example, astudyrecently published inThe British Journal of AnimalBehavioursays that when a peacock fans its ornamented train for the ladies during mating season, its feathers quiver, emitting a low frequency sound inaudible to human ears. Depending on whether they wantto attract females from far away or up close, they can change the sound by shaking different parts of their feathers. (Theyre not the only animals that create infrasonic sounds. Elephantsproduce themwith their vocal cords, most likely to communicate overlong distances.) Here are a few other interesting facts about theseimpressive birds.
2. ONLY THE MALES ARE ACTUALLYPEACOCKS
The collective term for these birds is peafowl. The males are peacocks and the females are peahens. The babies are called peachicks.
3. A FAMILY OF PEAFOWL IS CALLEDA BEVY
A group of the birds is also sometimes called an ostentation, a muster, or even a party.
4. THEYRE NOT BORN WITH THEIRFANCY TAIL FEATHERS
The male peachicks dont start growing their showytrains until about age three. In fact, its hard to tell the sex of a peachick because theyre nearly identical to their mothers. At around six months, the males will begin to change color [PDF].
5. THEY DONT HAVE TO BE KILLEDFOR THEIR FEATHERS
Luckily, the peacocks shed their train every yearafter mating season, so the feathers can begatheredand sold without the birds coming to any harm. The average lifespan of a peacock in the wild is about20 years.



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