"The peacock is a he;
A peacock's not a she;
And if that bird ever laid and egg, he'd make peacock history..."
Learning from the lyrics...
"A peacock is a very big bird."
The peacock is a member of the peafowl species and the peafowl is the largest member of the pheasant family.
"It's got a lotta big, very very big feathers."
Of course, the stunning breadth of the peacocks tail display is what is recognized by most people. When the peacock is courting, he opens his tail fan to show his famous, beautiful display.
The male sheds his tail every year. This happens every year during a 1-2 week period after mating season. Because of their beauty, the shedded feathers are often sold to collectors and artists.
"And the loudest call you've ever heard."
The peacock is also famous for his distinctive call. You can hear that eerie call from quite a distance. That call comes from the peacock; not the peahen. The peahens aren't so noisy.
A few more tidbits about peacocks and peafowl...
Males can fly even when they are carrying their full tail.
Even during mating season, when males carry their full tail, you might find them high up in trees or up on roof tops. They don't fly with their full fan open, of course! That might cause serious stability and wind resistance issues.
Both sexes have a crest of feathers on their heads.
Trivia: This is missing from "Greg" the peacock's illustration on the CD insert for "I've Got a Dinosaur on My Head!" However, by the time this site is finished, "Greg" should have a crest.
People raise peafowl for their offspring, for feathers, or simply for beauty and enjoyment.
This is quite a large community. For more information, contact the United Peafowl Association at www.peafowl.org.
Peafowl are very sturdy birds.
Peacocks can be found in all kinds of climates, so long as they have some shelter from the elements. You'll find peacocks thriving outdoors in Canada in the winter and in Hawaii in the summer.
Some peafowl live to be over 50 years old.
To learn more about Peafowl, visit the United Peafowl Association at www.peafowl.org.
Much of the information on this page was graciously provided by Craig Hopkins, owner of Hopkins Alternative Livestock
, who has been raising peafowl for over 25 years. In addition to peafowl he raises rhea, llamas, Cape Barren Geese, East African crowned cranes, and miniature black angus cattle.