As January comes to a close, we might wonder at how quickly the month seemed to pass by or reflect on everything that’s happened since 2021 started. To mark the end of January, we at Light Future Art are going to share with you some fun facts about peacocks.
1. The collective term for both peacocks and peahens is peafowl, and a mixed peacock and peahen group is named a harem. However, peahen-only groups are called a party or a bevy.
2. The long beautiful tail of the peacock makes up about 60% of the total length of its body. Like the back of a bride’s dress, these long feathers are called a train. The train of a peacock only grows in after about three years, so it is difficult to determine whether a chick is male or female.
3. In the wild, peafowl live about 20 years but, when they are domesticated and protected, they may live up to 50 years.
4. Peacocks communicate through a low sound make by the shaking of their trains which humans cannot perceive.
5. On average, peafowl can run at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour. They use this speed sometimes to escape predators or to defend their territory from threats.
6. Peafowl are able to fly and can do so from a young age of just a few days old. They prefer to say on the ground most of the time but do fly to escape from predators and to roost for the night.
7. White peacocks are not albino. They are yellow when they hatch and their pigments gradually dim over time.
8. Peahens have sometimes been observed to grow a train as they get older. This is believed to be caused by a lack of estrogen in their old age and not an actual change from female to male as exists in some species.
9. A peahen will lay a clutch of about six eggs in the spring. Young peafowl are called peachicks and can care for themselves soon after hatching, though it takes them three years (two in some cases) to reach maturity. Peachicks are usually yellow or light brown with spots.
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