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Peacock Facts for Kids and Adults
Hello, I am Marc Guberti, and I have always been fascinated by a peacock's colorful feathers. These delicate, gracious, and lovely birds have an intricate pattern of colors that one can only find in nature. I am researching other animals as well and write about them so that more people can learn more fun facts about animals such as the peacock.
Peafowl (Peacock, Peahen, and Peachicks)
Many people including myself like to use the term peacock (male peafowl) to name this animal, but their species name is Peafowl. Peafowls are best known for a male peacock's tail of various colors with intricate patterns! Males are called peacocks, females are called peahens, and the offspring are called peachicks. Peafowl nest on the ground, but believe it or not, they roost on the trees. These birds with the piercingly loud scream are omnivores that eat both plants and animals. In the theory of evolution, ethnomusicologist Joseph Jordania recently suggested that this piercing scream and the colors of an extravaganza, a peacock's feathers, came from Natural Selection instead of Sexual Selection. The feathers look loving and seem in our point of view take the breath of a peahen away. However, a peacocks elaborate feathers were not designed for that purpose. In fact, the feathers of a peacock were used to intimidate its predators! There are so many awesome things to know about the Peacock/Peafowl/Peahen/Peachick. However, I prefer to use the name peacock for future reference. These are fascinating creatures that we only get a glimpse at in zoos.
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What Do Peacocks Eat?
A peacock's diet varies depending on the individual. Some peacocks search the ground looking for anything edible while other peacocks go to the extreme. In fact, peacocks have been seen eating snakes before! Peacock's diets are different based on domestication/wild, the species, and where it lives.
Wild Peacocks eat a variety of foods. From fruits and berries to snakes and small mammals, a wild peacock is an omnivore with a big menu! Poison doesn't stop these birds from a meal. In fact, peacocks eat poisonous snakes more than regular snakes!
The domesticated peacock doesn't eat many animals. The domesticated peacock eats food that we see everyday! Insects, plants, grub, cheese, rice, cat food, and more are on their menu, but not snakes. Yes, I did say cat food.
Baby Peacocks mainly focus on being a carnivore during the first 3 days. Peachicks as they are called are feed small mammals and insect. After their first week, peachicks have a balanced diet by eating flowers and plants.
Well, now you know the many foods that peacocks eat for a living! I don't think you and I would go after the poisonous snake anytime soon or eat cat food, but the peacock can, and it loves it!
A party refers to a group of peacocks (a penguin's flock, the gazelle herd, etc). To protect themselves from predators, peacocks roost at the top of trees together. Some of these predators include the vicious tiger and the slick leopard, but there aren't many after that. A peacock will get along with another peacock, but that's it. Peacocks don't get along with any other domesticated birds of a different species.
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What Does It Mean?
The peacock is a symbol of immortality, but why is this? Ancient humans believed that when a peacock died, its skin would not decay, so the peacock was considered an immortal bird that never ages.
Early Christian paintings feature peacocks and peacock feathers to relate the fact that peacocks resemble immortality and Jesus is immortal as well. They also thought a peacock's blood could dispel evil spirits!
Fossil fuels; don't we all wish they were renewable? Some people do, but others don't. People prefer solar power since it is a renewable source. Like solar power, the peacock replaces its feathers yearly, so it is also the symbol of renewal.
Augustine and other important men and women have also considered the peacock as a symbol of resurrection. Back then, some people thought the peacock had the ability to resurrect others like a Phoenix, so people considered "By the Sacred Peacock" as a sacred oath.
In the western world, the peacock was known by the natives as a slayer of serpents.