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Indian Peafowl

Indian Peafowl
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
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Date Submitted: 2009-12-08 7:20
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The Indian Peafowl, Pavo cristatus, also known as the Common Peafowl or the Blue Peafowl, is one of the species of bird in the genus Pavo of the Phasianidae family known as peafowl. The Indian Peafowl is a resident breeder in the Indian subcontinent and has been introduced into many parts of the world and feral populations exist in many introduced regions. The peacock is the national bird of India.

The species is found in dry semi-desert grasslands, scrub and deciduous forests. It forages and nests on the ground but roosts on top of trees. It eats seeds, insects, fruits, small mammals and reptiles.

Females are about 86 cm (34 in) long and weigh 2.75–4 kg (6-8.8 lbs), while males average at about 2.12 m (7.3 ft) in full breeding plumage (107 cm/42 in when not) and weigh 4–6 kg (8.8-13.2 lbs). The male is called a peacock, the female a peahen. The Indian Peacock has iridescent blue-green plumage. The upper tail coverts on its back are elongated and ornate with an eye at the end of each feather. These are the Peacock's display feathers. The female plumage is a mixture of dull green, grey and iridescent blue, with the greenish-grey predominating. In the breeding season, females stand apart by lacking the long 'tail feathers' also known as train, and in the non-breeding season they can be distinguished from males by the green colour of the neck as opposed to the blue on the males.

Peafowl are most notable for the male's extravagant display feathers which, despite actually growing from their back, are known as a 'tail' or train. This train is in reality not the tail but the enormously elongated upper tail coverts. The tail itself is brown and short as in the peahen. The colours result from the micro-structure of the feathers and the resulting optical phenomena. The ornate train is believed to be the result of female sexual selection as males raised the feathers into a fan and quiver it as part of courtship display. Many studies have suggested that the quality of train is an honest signal of the condition of males and that peahens select males on the basis of their plumage. More recent studies however, suggest that other cues may be involved in mate selection by peahens.

They lay a clutch of 4-8 eggs which take 28 days to hatch. The eggs are light brown and are laid every other day usually in the afternoon. The male does not assist with the rearing, and is polygamous with up to six hens.

Hybridization and concerns
The Indian Peafowl can hybridise with the closely related Green Peafowl, Pavo muticus, in captivity and creates offspring called "Spauldings" or "Spaldings". The original "Spalding" was a hybrid between a female of the Black-Shouldered mutation of the Indian Peafowl, with a male of the nominate Java subspecies of the Green Peafowl, though some believe it was really a cross between a Black-Shouldered male with a Green Peafowl hen of the subspecies imperator.
Even though there is no natural range overlap, hybridization occurs in the wild when feral populations of one of the species overlaps another species. Hybridization has created some concern as the Green Peafowl is endangered.

Peacocks in Indian religions and cultures.
Hindu mythology describes the peacock is to be the vahan or the vehicle for Karthikeya also called Murugan, the brother of Ganesha, the goddess Saraswati, and the goddess Mahamayuri. The main figure of the Kurdish religion Yezidism, Melek Taus, is most commonly depicted as a peacock. The Yezidi's claim Indian origins.

Indian Peacock (called Mayura in Sanskrit) has enjoyed a fabled place in India since ancient times. In imagery Lord Krishna is always represented wearing a peacock feather tucked in his headband. Peacocks often live in proximity to humans. Ancient kings in India were said to have gardens to raise peacocks where guests were invited to see the famous male peacock dance during the mating season. Due to this close proximity to humans for thousands of years, they have entered ancient Indian stories, songs and poems as symbols of beauty and poise. As the mating season coincides with the onset of monsoon rains and the month of Shravan in the Hindu calendar, many songs of rains have peacock-dance mentioned in them. One possible origins of the name of the famous Maurya dynasty of ancient India is probably derived from the word Mayura as the ancestors of the Mauryas are thought to be peacock-keepers of a royal court in eastern India.

Poaching of peacocks for their feathers and poisoning by feeding on pesticide treated seeds are known threats to wild birds. Methods to identify if feathers have been plucked or have been shed naturally have been developed. Under the law, collection of tail feathers is allowed only when the bird sheds them.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-08 7:26]

Merhaba Peter,
çok güzel bir portre, özellikle mavi renkteki detaylar çok hoşuma gitti.

hallo Peter
KIJK uit voor je lens!!
daar lijkt het wel op
super mooie kleuren goed van scherpte
hij staat er zeer goed op
groetjes lou

A splendid shot of the Indian national bird, Peter.
The details are perfect.

Great colors and details to this lovely Peafowl head!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-08 9:11]

Hello Peter,
A fine close-up portrait of a Peacock head. The details including the feathers an white facial skin are taken from a great POV with excellent sharpness and colours against a pleasing neutral grey Bg.
I don't think this species has become wild yet in Europe, but who knows what happens with climate change!
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-12-08 9:13]

Excellent portrait of this Pavo cristatus, great colors and details!

Ciao Peter. Excellent DOF and bright colours with indeed stunning details for this magnificente portrait against the amazing BG.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-08 9:55]

Hello Peter,
What a fine close portrait of this Peacock showing intricate details and wonderful colours! Lovely clear eye that's watching you! Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

A beautiful semi-profile portrait in rich detail Peter, I can almost see your reflection in that hugely staring eye my friend. TFS indeed!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-08 10:29]

Hello Peter,
Excellent photo of this Indian national bird.
A wonderful portrait of this Peacock. Excellent details of the face and crown.
Best regards Siggi

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-08 10:44]

Hello Peter,
Wat prachtige portretten! Uitstekende vangen met een aantal schitterende kleuren. Een uitstekende macro.
Een rustige avond

Hello Peter.
Lovely close up with great details and excellent colours.
Amazing focus.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-12-08 11:29]

Hallo Peter.

Een heel mooi prtret wat je hier laat zien.
Prachtig blauw en erg mooi van scherpte.
Een mooie foto zo.

Gr. Hans

hello Peter

excellent photo of this exotic beautiful bird,
i love the blue colour tones of its plumage,
fine POV, fine focus excellent sharpness and details,



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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-12-08 12:57]

Hi Peter,
Superb capture, very good. TFS.
Best regards,

Hi Peter,

Stunning portrait capture of this pretty Indian Peafowl.
Excellent POV! Your composition have worked very well with the background MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-08 13:58]

Hi Peter,
Very beautiful portrait.POV,crisp clear eyes,simple BG and colors are perfect.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-08 14:19]

Slav Peter,
Very nice Portrait of this Indian Peafowl with perfect sharpness and excellen blue colors.Thanks for sharing.

Hello Peter,

An excellent portrait with striking colors, sharpness & best details. Lovely POV & composition. Very well taken & presented.

TFS & regards


Hallo Peter,

ook weer een mooie portretopname van deze Pauw en daar kan jo zo trots als een op zijn.
Mooie kleuren en goed van detail.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-12-08 21:42]

Wow, Peter... That is very sharp!
Wonderful details on that face.
Great job catching the irridescence on the blue head feathers.
A real beauty.
TFS. : )

Hello Peter,
a very beautiful portrait of the Indian Peacock, very good sharpness, perfect contrast of colours against a grey BG, excellent frontal POV and close composition with an intesnse look of the bird.
Best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-08 23:17]
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Hi Peter.
Once more stunning 3D-portrait of the beautiful bird. Have you taken it in a studio? :). BG is very impressive and suitable for such kind of shooting. Details and colour reproduction as well as POV and composition are simply outstanding. Bravo.

Hello Peter,
Splendid portrait shot with nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-09 4:16]

Hi Peter,what a georgeous portrait of Peacock! Isn't easy to comment a perfection like that,sharpness at the top and the best way to show us the metallic blue of this fantastic bird.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-09 5:09]

Hello Peter,
Normally I'm not such a fan of peacocks, but this portrait is really well done. I especially like the color-combination blue and grey, which in my eyes is just sooo beautiful. Composition, sharpness and attitude of the bird are great. A fine and artistical shot.
Thanks also for the interesting note, I didn't know this species so well.
Kind regards

Hi Peter,

Marvelous closeup capture from beautiful peacock with perfect textures and impressive details! The colors of the butterfly are very well shown and perfectly natural. The sharpness and POV are great and the contrast between the blurry BG and this cute peacock, is amazingly well.

best regards,

Excelente encuadre en una toma muy equilibrada Peter. Bien captadas además esas brillantes plumas. También me gusta la luz y destacaría especialmente la belleza del conjunto.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-09 11:27]

Hi Peter. I missed this colourful one last night. Taken with such sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light has given bright colours and catch light in the eye. It stands out so much from the plain BG. well taken TFS.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-09 12:23]

Hello Peter, great close up portrait shot of this beautiful Indian beauty with nice composition and details.
TFS and G's,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-12-09 12:45]

Dear Peter!

Your series about the portraits of birds is beautiful. I'm delighted to see a species of a Peafowl today because yesterday a Peafowl was passing just next to my house. It's the first time I saw one near my house. Your picture and your very detailed and interesting notes describe this magnificent bird very well.

Kind regards


Hello Peter
What a beauty !! this portrait of a peacock is a pleasure to look at,
i LOVE his exprssive eyes, his wonderful blue color, the superb details
excellent POV and BG
Have a good night

Hi Peter.
Lovely photo of this peacock.. It has an amazing face that i loved. Colours, details, composition and pov are wonderful.
Best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-10 12:22]

Hello Peter,
A great close-up of this gorgeous Peacock. The detail is exceptionally fine and the iridescent colors are awesome!! Your Nikon D300 seems to be doing an excellent job for you. My son-in-law just bought one and he loves it. TFS.

Hello Peter,
A beautiful peacocks'portrait,I like it

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