￼ 3 Feathery Facts About Peacocks
With its massive tail and iridescent colors, this bird has long fascinated its human observers—and we’re still learning its secrets. For example, a study recently published in The British Journal of Animal Behaviour says that when a peacock fans its ornamented train for the ladies during mating season, its feathers quiver, emitting a low-frequency sound inaudible to human ears. Depending on whether they want to attract females from far away or up close, they can change the sound by shaking different parts of their feathers. (They’re not the only animals that create infrasonic sounds. Elephants produce them with their vocal cords, most likely to communicate overlong distances.) Here are a few other interesting facts about these impressive birds.
1. Only the males are actually “peacocks.” The collective term for these birds is “peafowl.” The males are “peacocks” and the females are “peahens.” The babies are called “peachicks.” 2. A family of peafowl is called a “bevy.”
A group of thebirds is also sometimes called an “ostentation,” a “muster,” or even a “party.” 3. They’re not born with their fancy tail feathers
The male peachicks don’t start growing their showy trains until about age three. In fact, it’s hard to tell the sex of a peachick because they’re nearly identical to their mothers. At around six months, the males will begin to change color.
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