Interesting Facts About the National Bird of India—The Peacock
The National Bird Of India —The Peacock
The glittering blue, green and gold,
beautifully arranged satin-silk feathers,
wrapped like a full skirt at the front,
gathered into an elegant, long bridal gown,
of distinguished satin feathers at the back,
there it stands gracefully, with an impressive crown,
God's own creation----The Peacock!
The national bird of India, the Peacock is a large and beautiful bird. It attracts everyone with its beauty, its graceful movements, the bright colours, with the texture of silk, the fan shaped feathers on its head, that resembles a crown.
India loves colours and the Peacock truly represents the general mood of the Indians. Always filled with Love, Joy, Happiness and celebration.
The Peacock has always been an important part of the Indian mythology. It symbolizes royalty and divinity. It is also considered auspicious to see the peacock. As such the peacock images, paintings and carvings can be found, on the walls, throne, entrance gates, floors, carpets and other places in old palaces and forts.
Like a peacock, your beauty is multiplied when you spread your wings and show the world your stuff! Don't be afraid to be who you are - each peacock feather is flawed and imperfect, but collectively they create something of great beauty. Your flaws are what make you perfect!— Author Unknown
Why was Peacock chosen, as the National Bird of India?
The Peacock was declared the National Bird of India in 1963.
Peacock has a prominent reference in ancient Indian Art and Architecture, as well as has a religious and legendary involvement, in the Indian culture and traditions.
The criteria for this choice, was due to its well distributed presence within the country, so that it could be called truly 'National'.
The common man could recognize this beautiful bird. It was also kept in mind that it should not be confused, with the bird emblem of any other nation.
It well associated, with the Indian myths and legends. The Peacock fulfilled all these criteria, to be chosen as the national bird.
Interesting facts about the Peacock
- Peacock, or the male bird, is more beautiful, colourful and brighter, than its female counterpart, which is called Peahen.
- Peacocks, have larger tails and heavier bodies, compared to Peahen.
- When Peacocks are young, they look ordinary, more or less like their mothers. It is after six months of growth, that their beauty starts showing up. The plume grows, only after three years of age. The tails and feathers can grow, as long as six feet.
- The Peacocks are very large birds, with massive feathers, but they can fly, although not very high, or to a long distance.
- Peacocks can live up to twenty years of age.
- The Peacocks shed their feathers every year. The new set of feather grows, once the old ones are discarded.
- A gene mutation can lead to losing their pigmentation, and thus peacocks turn into white peafowls.
- Peacock is a protected bird according to Government of India order.
- When Peacocks want to attract female attention, they send out fake copulative mating calls. The females do get attracted to this. Peacock gets to score over his rivals and collect a harem.
- It has been found out by experts that more than one third of the mating calls made were absolutely fake. The male Peacock however, does play an active part in rearing the young.
- The male Peacock may be beautiful, as compared to its female counterpart, but when it comes to choosing a mate, the female reserves the right to reject a suitor, to mate with. While accepting a mating call, it pays attention to the colour, feather length, tail etc.
- It has been observed that most birds pair for life. But Peacocks are polygamous, and fiercely protect a harem, of two to five peahens.
- Peacock feathers have small glittering crystals, to attract the female Peahen. These crystals reflect light and gives fluorescent look, to their bright feathers.
- Wild animals such as Mongoose, tigers, cats, wolves and other carnivores in the wild do prey on peacocks. For this, they take shelter on trees, for a long time.
- Peacocks are omnivores and eat insects, flowers, seeds and small rodents and lizards.
- Peacocks do get lonely and sad sometimes, when alone, and even produce unpleasant sounds, to express their grief and anguish.
- Wild animals like Lion and Tigers hate Peacocks, because they are the first ones to alert other animals, in their loud and clear call, that the wild animals are on hunt for prey.
- It is believed, that whenever the Peacock spreads its tails, in an ornamental fashion, it indicates that it is going to rain.
- It has been found partly true also, at times. At the sight of the dark clouds, the bird outspreads its tail, and starts dancing in rhythmic fashion.
- The species of Peacock has survived over the time span of 4000 years. It has survived climatic changes, predatory animals and human's destructive tendencies.
Peacock In the Hindu Religion and Mythology:
- Peacocks have been considered as sacred birds by the Hindus.
- The bird is associated with Kartikeya-the son of Lord Shiva, also known as Lord Murugan, in South India. A peacock is the mount of Kartikeya.
- One can see feathers of the Peacock on the Mukut or the head gear of the idol of Sri Krishna.
- Peacock feathers or Mor-Pankh as they are called in Hindi are considered auspicious and people keep it in their homes. It is believed that they bring good luck and prosperity.
- It is also believed that the Peacock feathers brings harmony and safeguards positive energy in homes.
The Peacock is believed to be a symbol of freedom.
They can walk on the earth, and swim in the sea, as humans do, but they also have the ability to soar into the sky. These birds are free to roam, to earth and the sky.
Many religious cultures believe, that they are a symbol of eternal life, the link between heaven and earth.
Indian Blue Peacock in all its glory, source: You tube
White Peacock, source: You tube
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