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Peacocks (or more properly, Peafowl)

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Close-up (male)

By: Pat Coate

While visiting my daughter we, along with a zillion school children, enjoyed an afternoon at the Milwaukee Zoo. The free-ranging peafowl (males are peacocks and females peahens) were a source of beauty and amusement throughout the park.

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Full Display

The peafowl at the zoo, Indian peafowl, are from South Asia and are the national bird of India. The male uses its tail feathers, or train, in a rather extravagant display, as shown above, in an attempt to attract females.

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In case you ever wondered what the display looks like from the other side

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Object of such attention

None of the females appeared overly impressed with the poor fellow’s efforts.

The peahen is not quite so colorful as the peacock, but that crest/crown is still pretty cool. And should it really be Mrs. Peahen, in the conservatory with a candlestick….

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Peacock feather close up

The “eye spot”.


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