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The earliest usage of the word in written English is from around and spelling variants include pecok, pekok, pecokk, peacocke, peocock, pyckock, poucock, pocok, pokok, pokokke, and poocok among others. The current spelling was established in the late 17th century. Chaucer — used the word to refer to a proud and ostentatious person in his simile "proud a pekok" in Troilus and Criseyde Book I, line The Ancient Hebrew word tuki plural tukkiyim has been said to have been derived from the Tamil tokei but sometimes traced to the Egyptian tekh.
Indian peafowl are among the largest and heaviest representatives of the Phasianidae. Their size, colour and shape of crest make them unmistakable within their native distribution range.
The male is metallic blue on the crown, the feathers of the head being short and curled. The fan-shaped crest on the head is made of feathers with bare black shafts and tipped with bluish-green webbing.
A white stripe above the eye and a crescent shaped white patch below the eye are formed by bare white skin.
The sides of the head have iridescent greenish blue feathers. The back has scaly bronze-green feathers with black and copper markings.
The scapular and the wings are buff and barred in black, the primaries are chestnut and the secondaries are black. The tail is dark brown and the "train" is made up of elongated upper tail coverts more than feathers, the actual tail has only 20 feathers and nearly all of these feathers end with an elaborate eye-spot.
A few of the outer feathers lack the spot and end in a crescent shaped black tip. The underside is dark glossy green shading into blackish under the tail. The thighs are buff coloured. The male has a spur on the leg above the hind toe. The upper body is brownish with pale mottling. The primaries, secondaries and tail are dark brown.
The lower neck is metallic green and the breast feathers are dark brown glossed with green. The remaining underparts are whitish. The frequency of calling increases before the Monsoon season and may be delivered in alarm or when disturbed by loud noises.
In forests, their calls often indicate the presence of a predators such as the tiger. Mutations and hybrids[ edit ] A white peafowl that is maintained by selective breeding in many parks such as this one at the Jardin des PlantesParis.
This leucistic mutation is commonly mistaken for an albino. There are several colour mutations of Indian peafowl. These very rarely occur in the wild, but selective breeding has made them common in captivity. The black-shouldered or Japanned mutation was initially considered as a subspecies P.
It is however only a case of genetic variation within the population. In this mutation, the adult male is melanistic with black wings. The gene produces melanism in the male and in the peahen it produces a dilution of colour with creamy white and brown markings.The Indian peafowl or blue peafowl (Pavo cristatus), a large and brightly coloured bird, is a species of peafowl native to South Asia, but introduced in many other parts of the world.
The male, or peacock, is predominantly blue with a fan-like crest of spatula-tipped wire-like feathers and is best known for the long train made up of elongated. Check out our range of fun peacock facts for kids. Learn about the fact that peacocks are the male only of the bird called a peafowl, why the peacock has such beautiful feathers, where peacocks are native too and much more.
Read on and enjoy a variety of interesting information about peacocks. Indian peacock is known for beautiful feathers and romantic dance under the black-clouded sky. Owing to its national importance and religious sanctity, peacock are abundantly found in each part of India.
Peacock Facts and Information Introduction to Peacock.
The most interesting fact about the Peacock is the colorful features of this pheasant family. They can include colors of . Watch video · Watch a male Indian peacock fan his tail feathers for a female in hopes of finding a mate. Indian peafowl are a species in a group of birds called pheasants.
The males are called peacocks, while the females are called peahens. Together, they are peafowl.