I captured this wonderful male Peacock at Aquila Private Game Reserve with my Samsung NX30.
As a young boy, I never have the change to see a male Peacock open his feathers and to see all the wonderful colours. I was so happy I photographed the male Peacock while his beautiful colourd feathers were opened.
Here are some interesting facts about Peacocks.
Most people use term "peacock" to describe both male and female birds, but Peacock is actually a name that refers to male peafowl. Peafowl belongs to pheasant family. These birds are native to Asia. There are two species of peafowl: Indian Peafowl and Green Peafowl. Both types are endangered because of the habitat loss, smuggling, and predation.
Male peafowl is called peacock while the female is called peahen.
They are one of the largest flying birds. Their length (including tail) can reach 5 feet. They can weigh between 8-13 pounds.
They are omnivores (eat both plants and animals). They like to eat insects, arthropods, amphibians, flowers, seeds…
The family of peafowl is called "bevy". Group of peafowl is called "party". The tail makes 60% of peacock's total length.
Peacocks are polygamous (mate with more than one female) and usually form a harem that consists of 2-5 females. Left alone peacocks are very sad and heart-broken.
Females lay 3-5 eggs. Young birds will hatch after 28 days.
Peafowl live up to 20 years both in the wild and in the captivity.