Fun Facts About Peacocks You Probably Didn’t Know

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You probably know all about the colorful feathers of peacocks and their habit to parade around and showcase their beauty. But there is much more to these majestic birds than just their beauty and these facts below prove it.

All Peacocks Are Male

A peacock is actually a male specimen of the species called peafowl. The female peafowl, which doesn’t have the male’s colorful feathers, is called peahens. However, both male and female peafowl are often colloquially referred to as “peacocks.”

Peacocks’ Feathers Have Several Purposes

Peacocks will display their glorious feathers when attempting to attract a mate, but they also have several other purposes. Besides making them look bigger and scarier, which is helpful when they face a predator, it is also a means of communication with other peafowl.

Peacocks Can Fly

Peacocks rarely fly due to the weight of their feathers, but they can fly on short distances. They usually decide to take a flight when facing a predator.

Peacocks Are Omnivores

You’ll usually find peacocks snacking on some grains and berries. However, they are no stranger to eating insects, lizards, and even snakes if they happen to cross their path.

Peacocks Can Live up to 50 Years

Peacocks can live up to be up to 50 years old when in captivity. In the wild, where they face much more danger, they have an average life span of 25 years.