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Indian Blue Peacock

Indian Blue Peacock
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-31
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-05 1:57
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Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The term peafowl can refer to the two species of bird in the genus Pavo of the pheasant family, Phasianidae. The African Congo Peafowl is placed in its own genus Afropavo and is not dealt with here. Peafowl are best known for the male's extravagant tail feathers, which it displays as part of courtship. The male is called a peacock, the female a peahen[1], though it is common to hear the female also referred to as a "peacock." The female peafowl is brown or toned grey and pink

The two species are:

Indian Peafowl, Pavo cristatus (Asiatic)
Green Peafowl, Pavo muticus (Asiatic)
The Indian Peafowl is a resident breeder in the Indian subcontinent. The peacock is designated as the national bird of India.

The Green Peafowl breeds from Burma east to Java. The IUCN lists the Green Peafowl as vulnerable to extinction due to hunting and a reduction in extent and quality of habitat.

The White Peafowl breeds from India and are the rarest and feathers can reach a sale price of $500 per feather.
File:Green Peafowl is the Male classification name.jpg
Green PeafowlThe Indian Peafowl is monotypic, while the Green Peafowl has 3 subspecies, P. muticus spicifer, P. m. imperator and the nominate P. m. muticus. The two species are largely allopatric but will hybridize in captivity.

While the form of Green Peafowl in Yunnan is not separated taxonomically, it differs in a few aspects from other forms, particularly in its forest-dwelling habits, an "odd, monal-like bill," a curiously long hind toe and longer, more slender wings (K. B. Woods in litt. 2000). Some have suggested this is a new subspecies.

Some pheasant breeders have suggested that the Green Peafowl may have more subspecies.

Peafowl have sometimes been included in a distinct family from Pheasants .

The male peafowl, or peacock, has long been known for and valued for its brilliant tail feathers. The bright spots on it are known as "eyes", and inspired the Greek myth that Hera placed the hundred eyes of her slain giant Argus on the tail of her favorite bird.

Close-up of a male Indian Peafowl's plumageIndian Peafowl has iridescent blue-green or green coloured plumage. The so-called "tail" of the peacock, also termed the "train," is not the tail quill feathers but highly elongated upper tail feather coverts. The train feathers have a series of eyes that are best seen when the train is fanned. The actual tail feathers are short and gray-colored and can be seen from behind when a peacock's train is fanned in a courtship display. During the molting season, the males shed their stunning train feathers and reveal the unassuming gray-colored tail which is normally hidden from view beneath the train. Both species have a crest atop the head.

The female (peahen) Indian Peafowl has a mixture of dull green, brown, and grey in her plumage. She lacks the long upper tail feather coverts of the male but has a crest. The female can also display her plumage to ward off female competition or danger to her young.

The Green Peafowl is very different in appearance to the Indian Peafowl. The male has green and gold plumage and has an erect crest. The wings are black with a sheen of blue.

Unlike the Indian Peafowl, the Green Peahen is very similar to the male, only having shorter upper tail feather coverts and slightly less iridescent in some regions. Like other peafowl, it is very difficult to distinguish a juvenile male from an adult female. Moreover, the sexes of the various Green Peafowl species are almost impossible to tell apart in the field during the months when the male has no train.

Many of the brilliant colours of the peacock plumage are due to an optical interference phenomenon (Bragg reflection) based on (nearly) periodic nanostructures found in the barbules (fiber-like components) of the feathers.

Different colours correspond to different length scales of the periodic structures. For brown feathers, a mixture of red and blue is required: one colour is created by the periodic structure, and the other is a created by a Fabry-Perot interference peak from reflections off the outermost and innermost boundaries of the periodic structure.[citation needed]

Such interference-based structural colour is especially important in producing the peacock's iridescent hues (which shimmer and change with viewing angle), since interference effects depend upon the angle of light, unlike chemical pigments.

The plumage of the peacock, and the peahen's preference for its exorbitance, is a classical example of sexual selection and especially the handicap principle. However, in recent years scientific research has shown that the size and brilliance of a male's plumage does not meaningfully correlate with his mating success nor his health, and that instead the key factor for attracting females is the vocalizations made prior to mating.(Wikipedia)

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Hi Siegfried,
A nice portrait of this peafowl. Very well captured with sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

What a lovely portrait of our National Bird, Siegfried!
Many a time, I have tried to get close to a Peacock in the wilderness, but it is a shy animal and keeps a respectable distance from me. The other day I captured a sequence of its flight, but the individual images are not to my liking.
All the features and colours on this bird's face are very well captured in this shot.
Well done and TFS.

Very good shot, light is great and colors are excellent.
Thanks and best wishes. TFS. Carme.

hello Siegfried
beautiful colours great sharpness
nice macro
greeting lou

Hi Siegfried.
Excellent photo of this Indian national bird... nice composition and wonderful colours... Well done...

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-05 5:12]

Hi Siegfried !
Nice picture.
Some clear and beautiful colors. Excellent.
Very good surprise.

Have a nice day,

Hello Siegfried, great and beautiful portrait.
TFS and regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-05 8:12]

Hi Siegfried.
I had undertaken some attempts to photograph this bird in Odessa Zoo sometime but I have failed/ You have posted true art work of this beauty. All is superb. These are great composition and framing of the photo model. These are fantastic details of the feathers, eyes and beak of the bird. These are amazing sweet colours of the scene and nice smooth a bit canvas as a BG. Bravo. Perfect job.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-05 9:14]

Hi Siggi,

A wonderful close-up portrait of this Peacock. I've never had luck getting a good shot of one. The blues and greens are beautiful. Excellent details of the face and crown. What is the reflection in his eye?


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-05 9:21]

Hi Sigfried. One from your hoilday for us today. What a fantastic close up it is. The detail and bright colours in thefeathers. You have good catch light in the eye. I can see your reflection in it. well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

Olá, Siegfried!

Amazing colors and brightness.
Great close up, friend. TFS.


Hi Siggi, a beautiful portrait capture of this handsome peafowl with fine details and nice composition.
TFS and cheers,

Hallo Siggi,
eine tolles Portrait von diesem blauen Pfau. Klasse Farben, gute Schärfe und viele Details. Mir gefällt besonders gut wie das dunkle Blau an manchen Stellen in ein dunkles Grün übergeht. Der Augenkontakt ist ebenfalls perfekt gelungen. Es sind sogar noch leichte Spiegelungen in seinem Auge zu erkennen. Mein Kompliment.
Beste Grüsse,

Hello Siegfried,
a beautiful portrait of Indian blue Peacock, very good sharpness and lighting, vivid colours well saturated, i like the reflected scene in the eye, well composed
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-05 14:43]

Hi Siggi,this is a incredible portrait,wonderfuls details and colors,and there is an incredible reflection on the eye of peacock...very impressive work,my best compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

What a wonderful Royal blue you have here...and the composition of the head in the frame is perfect...along with the obvious good things such has clarity and saturation..Fine job!

Hi Siegfried !
Nice catch.
I like warm colors and beautiful.
Good day,

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-04-07 12:52]

Siemanko Siggi!
Piekny portret jak na zamowienie .

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-08 1:41]

Hi Siegfried,
just simply a beauty.
Great blue and excellent details.
Very splendid shot.


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