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What Makes Peacock Feathers So Alluring?

Updated on November 2, 2012
Peafowl range in India
Peafowl range in India | Source

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What is a Peacock?

A peacock is a male peafowl, a large vibrant coloured pheasant. Just like any other fowls and birds, the peacock makes its courting entry in a strong appeal to a peahen through displaying a big fan of shiny silken colourful feathers. The peahen is plain and does not have fascinating feathers just like any other female bird. How opposite are the female birds to women when we become flirtatious and complex in our get-up to attract men?

A peacock’s feather train is used for courtship rituals. The two common peacock species are the blue and green peacocks. The blue peacock is native and sacred to India and in fact is India’s national bird. It is the most beauteous bird that can also be found anywhere in the world in captivity and is one of the largest birds in the world considering the wingspan and the length of tail. There is an abundance of this blue pheasant fowl in India and Sri Lanka. India’s rich jungle and animal sanctuaries are homes to thousands of species and birdlife. The green peacock lives in Burma. Other variety of peacocks are the Congo (Africa), Black Shouldered and the elegant White. The ancient Phoenicians presented peafowls to the pharaohs of Egypt, made its way to Europe, and so the spread of this glorious pheasant bird around the world.

The Peacock Courtship Dance...MUST WATCH!

Peacock at Toronto Zoo
Peacock at Toronto Zoo | Source
Daughter Marie and her improvised peacock tail.
Daughter Marie and her improvised peacock tail. | Source

The Peacock’s Alluring Tail

The gorgeous, impressive and complex patterns of a peacock’s tail that grows 5 ft. long displays shimmering and outstanding colours of pear-like eyelets serve to lure flirty attractions to the female counterpart. The courtship begins by waving its long tail into a perfect magnificent spread like that of a delicate handheld ladies fan, and then, the peacock proudly struts and cries loud.

The decorative feathers of a peacock spans around 200 ‘tail’ feathers which shed by its own and then re-grow. The ocellations (having spots) on feathers is otherwise known as the “eye-feather”. These eyes are uniformly distributed with equal spacing by the length of its feathers such that it gives an elegant, glamorous appearance. The peacock can shake a full tail fan vibrating interestingly. Its vibration produces a distinct hum. How wonderful is that?

The genetic evolution on male peafowls made these birds’ bodies more ornamental with behinds in fabulous chromatic vividness. The sexual selection plays a role in the evolution of the male. Male traits corresponds with the female traits of choices and wants in sexual process and survival, thus males with enormous splendid feathers attract mates and pass on the healthy feather genes to its offspring. Female peafowls like any other female animal has the role of being a "guardian" to their offspring (as a mother would) and protect them away from predators, so are less attractive and camouflage in a duller shade.

Beautiful eye feather
Beautiful eye feather | Source

The Beautiful Eye Feather

The iridescence of the peacock feathers and the eye-like design on the feather is beautiful in the illumination of colours from blue, green and brown turning into indigo, dark purple, turquoise, blue green, bright green, bronze, copper, yellow and gold, or more so depending on the kind of peacock. Don’t you just get hypnotized by the look of it?

The pearlescent or iridescent colour is the colour that changes during a multiple reflection of colours from light and converts dramatically in the angle of view, some appearing with rainbow hues in many other vertebrae, mollusks, objects, bubbles, and even the clouds.

Hera, Greek goddess and wife of Zeus
Hera, Greek goddess and wife of Zeus | Source
Argus, the hundred eyed giant
Argus, the hundred eyed giant | Source

The Tale of a Tail

(Now, let’s not get confused with two versions of the tale in Greek and Roman mythology. Stories of ancient myths on Roman gods were borrowed from the stories of Greek gods and heroes in such that Greek mythology had evolved around 700 years even before Roman mythological beliefs sprouted.)


The Hundred Eyes (Greek myth)

Argus “Argos Panoptes”, the hundred-eyed giant watcher of Hera “Queen of the Gods” and wife of Zeus was summoned to watch over the young white cow which she had demanded from Zeus as a gift after she found her husband Zeus consorting with Io, the nymph, whom the god had seduced and became his lover. Zeus had turned Io into a heifer (cow) to escape Hera’s wrath, but Hera was not deceived by Zeus tricks of infidelity.

Zeus sent his messenger, Hermes to rescue his lover from the watchful 100 eyes of Argus. Hermes played with his flute and sang gloomy tunes that had Argus eyes closed one by one after the other and fell asleep. Hermes steadfastly slew the giant Argus with his sword.

On the other hand, Hera made Io, the heifer, wander far from Zeus reaching Egypt with which Zeus tracked his nymph and bore him a son.

Now with Argus dead, Hera became saddened and grieving of the death of her loyal guard, and repaid his services to her by laying all his 100 eyes onto the tail of her favourite and sacred bird, the peacock.

Aesop's Tale About a Peacock

A Peacock Finds a Lover

The Peacock is Special

The peacock is alluring of its own and why? Because the breed is so special and has been a symbol of goodness to the human race. The peacock symbol retraces farther back in history, then and now.

Aside from its symbol for beauty and perfection, there are more to a Peacock’s Symbolism:

To the Pagans – a peacock was a symbol of life eternity (afterlife)

In Greek mythology – a peacock symbolizes protection

In Greek & Roman mythology – a peacock is a symbol of the wisdom in heavens and all-powerful boundless knowledge

In the Old World – a peacock is a common symbol as royal guardians; of the royals’ nobility, glory and honour

In Church and Christianity – a peacock symbolizes sacredness and sanctity, renewal, resurrection and immortality especially during Easter

In Ancient and Modern Beliefs – a peacock feather is applied as a talisman to ward against evil

In India and Hinduism - a peacock is considered sacred and pure, victory and cure, and fertility; patience, love, kindness and kinship

In Tibetan Buddhism – a peacock stands for wisdom and openness; also as a protector and preserver

In China – a peacock is a symbol for authority and pride

In Asia – a peacock feather is conceived as favourable, lucky and protective

In European Banquets, Renaissance Period – a peacock symbolizes royalty in a form of a stuffed roast bird (same as the swan)

In Present Time – a peacock stands for fearlessness, vitality, vibrancy, great heart, virtuousness and splendor. Peacock feathers are said to protect, safe guards the home from bad energies and brings good luck (to believe or not – see negative symbols).

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The Peacock Tail Entails Negative Symbols (as well)

The hundred eyes depict demons watching.

The peacock feathers if kept inside a home or used in a theatre and stages sets brings bad luck. Except maybe for burlesque nights on stage?

The peacock feathers should not be used as a costume, prop or other dress-up pieces for it brings illness to the bearer.

A peacock is said to be vain and proud.

A peacock also stands for corruption and extravagance.

A peacock is a spy.

A peacock is a symbol of Lucifer (some tattoo users believe it this way); as a symbol of the Peacock Angel called Melek Taus, by the Yazidis ill-famed as devil worshippers.

Seeing a Bird in Your Dream, what does it mean?

Positive Symbolism
Negative Symbolism
A bird symbolizes goals, aspirations, hopes
A bird chirping or flying - joy, harmony, ecstasy, balance, and love
dead or dying birds - disappointments; worrying over constant problems in your mind
Black Bird
Lack of motivation. Jealousy, lust, temptation.
Happiness and harmony; a new relationship is blossoming.
Cowardness and lack of willpower; excessive chatter and gossip
Peace, tranquility, harmony, innocence. Love, gentleness, friendships. Blessings from the Holy Spirit.
Spiritual freedom; flexibility.
To see a white duck - falsehood and deceit.
Nobility, pride, freedom, power, courage.
To see a trapped eagle - restricted and confined.
Domesticity, lifelong companionship.
Fertility, motherly love.
Wild goose chase - going about a problem all wrong.
Soaring gulls - indicates clear perspective.
Dead gulls - separation, relationship drifting apart.
Suspicioins are lurking around you and your activities.
Potential and power.
Frivolous. Also, inability to commit to a relationship.
Wisdom. Exploration. Self-reflection.
"Loony" or crazy.
Cleverness, independence; strong will and determination on getting what you want.
Taking credit for the work of others. Cockiness.
New beginning; spiritual enlightenment.
Unrequited love, longing, pain.
Insight, wisdom, awareness, virtue.
Hoot of an owl - disappointments; deaths.
Message or gossip is being conveyed.
Someone who is eccentric or obnoxious to you.
♥ Peacock
Spring, birth, longevity, love. Good omen - prestige, sucess, contentment (relationship & love)
Pride, vanity; many eyes are watching you.
A desire to return home.
Gossip, news. Also, taking the blame for the actions of others.
Love, lust, victory overcoming obstacles and hardships.
Betrayal, disharmony, misfortune, death.
Masculinity, pride, valor.
Pride, arrogance, eccentricities. May also be a pun of you know what.
Beauty, grace, purity, dignity, prestige, wealth.
Black swan - mystery, unknown. Also alluring, yet forbidden.
Thanksgiving - time of togetherness; family.
You are foolish. Hunting or shooting - dishonesty in acquiring riches.
Purification, insight, rebirth. Also, must learn from your past.
You are taken advantage of. Also means death, doom.
Industry, diligence.
You have overlooked something in your life.
Yellow Bird
Positive outlook in your professional life.
Source credit: (M.M.S.) | 10.2012 ≈♥≈
Elegant white peacock
Elegant white peacock | Source


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    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi Peggy! I would rather heed too to the good meanings and symbols what a peacock brings. It just makes it more consistent of their beautiful and grandiose appearance. Thank you so much~

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Enjoyed this hub about peacocks and that first video (ballet) was really pretty. Male peacocks are definitely beautiful birds. I have heard the expression "proud as a peacock" but never heard about the other negative meanings. Up and interesting votes!

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Glad I colour your world, epigramman! It delights me that I am able to delight my readers with my hubs and you are one of my special followers.

      It is very windy out and me and my girls went out for a late evening grocery shopping. It was nice to catch some night breeze. 8:42 pm

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Eiddwen, thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      6 years ago

      Greatest Peacock hub of all time - and I've seen quite a few in my day here ..... quite a few indeed - but no one has the same beautiful plummage of writing and images that you have - and you always color my world with your classy hub presentations no matter what subject you choose to 'treat' us with - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario 7:29pm and hugs from Tiffy and Gabriel

    • Eiddwen profile image


      6 years ago from Wales

      A beautiful hub and so interesting.

      Voting up and sharing.


    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you G, I mean Cris! I remember you asking 'bout the feathers in my home. Phobia will never leave me, but the peacock eye-feathers are pretty enough to handle, touch and have a place in the corner of my sala.

    • CrisSp profile image


      6 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What a hub full of life! Very interesting! Love the exquisite feathers but I'm afraid I can't come near their beauties. *sneeze*

      Well done my friend. Wait, aren't you Ornithophobic?

      Up and sharing!

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Fascinating peacock feathers, eh? It's true. So true, alocsin. At least those "several eyes looking back at you" won't do harm. Thank you so much and I wish you a colourful life (which I think you already have). :)

    • alocsin profile image


      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I find them fascinating because of their detail, color and the suggestion of several eyes looking back at you. Voting this Up and Interesting.

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Don't you wish a peacock to land in your backyard or front lawn, Mhatter? Great, so with the leftover feathers, that means you don't believe in any form of bad luck from these. Nice!

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I am glad you enjoyed the videos and the history, always exploring. The peacock is one of the beautiful pheasants and just imagine them abundant in India walking freely. And oh, when a peacock flies, it's huge and looks heavy.

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      randomcreative, it was worth the research...learning much about it too and I like the tale of how the peacock got its hundred eyes. Thank you for your visit. Cheers!

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you tobusiness. Passing on your comment to my daughter Marie too. It will flatter her. Hope she won't get mad for posting her picture in this hub. She doesn't know about it, lol.

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this. The SF zoo is within walking distance from my house. We have some leftover feathers from, when my son and daughter volunteered there.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The peacock is one of the most beautiful birds. The video is amazing. I enjoyed the history. Thank you...

    • randomcreative profile image

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great job with this topic! Very comprehensive.

    • tobusiness profile image

      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Coffee, what a wonderful hub, the images are beautiful, as is the lovely young lady in the tail feather. A brilliant piece of work.

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      aviannovice, it was a day's work and worth it. I learned a few things too and I just kept going. Thank you so much. Here's blowing towards your direction an invisible peacock feather to bring you good cheer and a beautiful day! Love lots ~coffee

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Dear billybuc, thank you so much. Peafowls are indeed loud, well I heard of the peacocks blasting like truck horns at the Toronto Zoo, lol. I had to keep myself away from their struts, prancing freely in the zoo grounds because they are fearless birds. Though they look bodily handsome, I can't stare at their faces, beak and ugly large feet. I had to finish this hub last night inspite of the goosebumps I was getting from searching peacock photos. Crazy phobia, I am equally scared of peacocks and turkeys just like the chickens.

      I say, it is more elegant and attractive to raise peacocks and find them walking like royals on your backyard compared to the dull turkeys (colour wise; not thinking of having to roast for Thanksgiving! lol)

      This hub was a day's work. My 16 yr. old Marie had peacock feathers for her last minute Halloween "peacock" costume before this hub came about the following night. I thought, I just have to make a hub 'bout the peacock tail! At least, a detached peacock feather don't scare me because of its beauty.

      Thank you again, sir billybuc. I wish you a brilliant, beautiful weekend, peacock "good luck". Just don't be too noisy, lol! ~Mucho hugs!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Excellent information and wonderful pictures to go with the story. Awesome and up.

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hello Jennifer! I'm utmost happy that you enjoyed this hub. Over my coffee with rice and spring rolls for a late breakfast, your comment made me smile and I just have to go back to view the videos again. I had been enjoying those videos last night. Think of a peacock that brings good luck, not the other way around. That would make this large bird more beautiful. Have a shimmering, brilliant day, Jen! Much love...

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow! Great job of research on this one! I love peacocks and would love to raise them, but boy are they ever noisy. LOL This is a great hub and by the way, your daughter is quite lovely. :)

      Have a great weekend my friend!

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      Jennifer Stone 

      6 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hi Coffee! I loved this, loads of interesting facts about peacocks and the vids are great! They really are beautiful birds, thank you for sharing this info with us! All the best, Jen

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      Jennifer Stone 

      6 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hi Coffee! I loved this, loads of interesting facts about peacocks and the vids are great! They really are beautiful birds, thank you for sharing this info with us! All the best, Jen


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