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Oct. 30, 2017: Wild Peacocks, Yala National Park

 

Peacock, Yala National Park

Yala is Sri Lanka's largest National Park and is best known as a good place to spot leopards (although we didn't see any).  We did, however, come across lots of wild peacocks -- both male and female-- including this male who was putting on quite a show for the ladies.  Feather erect and fanned out, he slowly moved in a circle and strutted his stuff! 

Peacock, Yala National Park

Peacocks are a type of pheasant, but with distinctive iridescent tail feathers.  As you can see from the bottom photos, the feathers make up over half of the male bird's body length.  It is believed females choose their partners according to the size and colors of these feather trains.  These birds are blue peacocks, native to India and Sri Lanka.  

Peacock, Yala National ParkPeacock, Yala National Park

The term "peacock" is commonly used to refer to birds of both sexes. Technically, only males are peacocks. Females are peahens, and together, they are called peafowl.

 Peacock, Yala National Park



Blue peacocks are native to India and Sri Lanka.  These wild birds were spotted in Sri Lanka's largest park, where one put on a particularly magnificent display!

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It's also the national bird of India, although I don't quite understand why - the gift of a peacock feather is a harbinger of ill omen !

In N Indian villages, ironically, this beautiful bird is most often spied on a midden or dungheap - in search of grubs and beetles. 

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