Peacocks unfold their trains with distinctive tail feathers boasting "eye" markings of blue, gold, red, and other vibrant hues to attract peahens
. It is used in mating rituals and courtship displays and can be arched into a fan that reaches across the bird's back and touches the ground on either side.
However, they may breed more than one time if their hormonal level is disturbed or eggs previously laid were broken by other aggressive peacocks, ready to mate with peahen
. Findings in the present study were similar as reported earlier, and there was no obvious significant difference regarding the breeding interval of P.
(14.) See Greg Miller, Eye-Tracking Cameras Reveal Secrets of Peacock's Tail Feathers, WIRED (July 26, 2013), http://www.wired.co.uk/article/peacock-eye-tracking (citing Jessica Yorzinski et al., Through Their Eyes: Selective Attention in Peahens
During Courtship, 216 J.
Egg production per peahen
differed significantly in different groups (P < 0.01, F value = 81.53, df = 2).
A[cedilla] The green peahen
is more colourful than the Indian peahen
According to the researchers from University of British Columbia, Canada, when a male has successfully attracted peahen
, it rushes at her making a distinctive hooting call before attempting to mate, the BBC reported.
The classic example evoked to clarify Sexual Selection is that of the peahen
's choice of the peacock with the most dazzling train of feathers.
In more than 200 short clips recorded by eye-tracking cameras, four peahens
spent less than one-third of the time actually looking directly at a displaying peacock, says evolutionary biologist Jessica Yorzinski of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
Peacocks have evolved to have long, colorful feathers simply because peahens
have evolved to find them attractive.
GOSHEN - For the few dozen peacocks and peahens
wandering the grounds of the Willamette Leadership Academy, their days as free-range birds may be numbered.
The Island dreams under the dawn And great boughs drop tranquility; The peahens
dance on a smooth lawn, The parrot sways upon a tree, Raging at his own image in the enamelled sea.
The pride of eight peacocks and peahens
had to be retrieved on several occasions after alerts from members of the public.