Peacocks are large, colorful pheasants known for their long tails. The blue peacock originates from India and Sri Lanka, while the green peacock is found mainly in Southeast Asia. Their tail feathers spread out in a distinctive train, arched into a magnificent fan that reaches across the bird’s back boasting colorful “eye” markings of blue, gold, red, and other hues. This act is used in mating rituals and courtship displays. Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of these outrageous feather.
In my recent visit to the KL Bird Park, these peacocks are plentiful and I was fortunate enough to see their courtship displays. The male peacock will make loud calls to attract females. Once a female is nearby, the male peacock will spread his tail feathers, turning left and right and in between rattle his feather strongly to get the attention of the females. The scene is as if he is dancing, showing off the beauty of his tail and hoping to impress the females. The whole rituals can last between 10 – 30 minutes.