The tail feathers of the peafowl are used to attract a mate and to ward off enemies.
The tail feathers of the peafowl are used to attract a mate and to ward off enemies. The “eyes” on the tips of its feathers can scare off predators; however, it did not need to ward off predators until after the Fall of man. Because of the peafowl’s beauty, many explorers and voyagers captured these animals and took them to their homes. The peafowl’s display of tail feathers is actually designed with remarkable precision. Every detail within each feather coordinates exactly to give us the eye pattern and fan-shape of the peafowl’s tail.
CLASS: Aves (birds)
ORDER: Galliformes (chicken-like birds)
FAMILY: Phasianidae (pheasants, quail and relatives)
GENUS/SPECIES: Pavo cristatus and P. muticus (blue [also called Indian] and green)
Size: Up to over 7 ft (2.1 m) long; almost 5 ft (1.5 m) is tail
Weight: Between 6 and 8.8 lbs (2.7–4 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Small plants and animals, including snakes
Habitat: Open deciduous forests near streams in Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka