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Indian Peacock | by Jason Idzerda
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Indian Peacock

I had a great day at the zoo with lots of active animals to take photos of. The peacocks were out showing off to the children by displaying their amazing feathers and I was in the right place at the right time to catch one in full show. A few clouds in the sky blocked out the sun and gave me great even lighting to really catch the vibrance of the colours.


This species is the national bird of India. It is sometimes simply called the peacock; a peacock is the male, females are known as peahens and the young are peachicks. In the wild the head, neck, and breast of the peacock (male) is a glorious royal blue. The head bears a fan-shaped crest made of a bunch of divergent brush-like feathers tipped with blue. The body is grayish, barred with brown on the back and brown wings and underside. The real beauty of the peacock is in its train, usually called its tail although made up of greatly elongated tail coverts, not of tail feathers. The upper tail coverts on its back are elongated and ornate with an eye (ocelli) at the end of each feather. These are the peacock's display feathers. The tail itself is brown and short as in the peahen. Including its train, a peacock measures 2.2 m of which nearly two-thirds is train.


Copyright © 2012, Jason Idzerda

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Taken on April 22, 2012