Latest Peafowl Stories

2014-09-22 03:00:21

Chris Bunting, University of Leeds The magnificent plumage of the peacock may not be quite the sacrifice to love that it appears to be, University of Leeds researchers have discovered. Dr. Graham Askew, from the University’s School of Biomedical Sciences, filmed five Indian peacocks taking off using two high-speed video cameras to try to work out what price male birds pay for carrying the spectacular iridescent feathers they use in displays to attract females. “These feathers...

What Peahens Want
2013-07-25 14:55:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Finding out what women want is a question that science may never answer. However, a team of biologists from the University of California, Davis and Duke University has gained new insight into what a typical peahen may be looking for in her mate. Peacocks are renowned for their colorful trains, which are grown during the mating season and used to attract females. But what about the train catches a female eye? To see how these...

Distinctive Male Peacock Love Call Allures Females From Afar
2012-12-21 12:05:04

[Watch Video: Male Peacock Demonstrates 'Hoot-Dash Display'] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The distinctive sound made by male peacocks just before mating attracts female voyeurs for reasons currently unknown, a Duke University researcher has discovered. The India peafowl's unique pre-copulation ritual, which is also referred to as the "hoot-dash display," involves the male members of the Phasianinae family dashing toward a female companion and squawking...

Peacocks Inspire Virtual World
2012-08-30 04:46:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from Michigan State University are creating digital peacocks to explore what would happen if computer viruses had to find mates in order to reproduce. The team wrote in the journal Evolution about how they created a digital world called Avida to see how mate attraction played out through computer programs. “This is actually a big question that still generates a lot of debate,” said Chris Chandler, MSU...

2011-08-12 14:57:00

The Peacock Parade gives its members access to luxury labels at insider prices To view the Social Media Release, click here: http://smr.newswire.ca/en/the-peacock-parade/canadian-luxury-flash-sale-web-site-has-launched TORONTO, Aug. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - The Peacock Parade is proud to announce that it has officially launched.  Canadians now have access to the Toronto-based, members-only flash sale Web site, which features coveted merchandise at up to 70 per cent off retail...

2011-04-28 09:22:03

Male peacock tail plumage and courtship antics likely influence their success at attracting and mating with females, according to recent Queen's University research. Roz Dakin and Robert Montgomerie have found that natural variation in the number of eyespots on a peacock's tail does not impact a male's mating success. However, peacocks whose tails are clipped to considerably reduce the number of eyespots are less successful at mating. Female rejection of males with substantially fewer...

2010-10-13 09:03:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Cosentino (www.cosentinonorthamerica.com), the world leader in natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfaces, announces a new alliance with premium home decor brand, Christopher Peacock Home. The joint venture will officially kick-off at Culinarium 2010, the kitchen design and epicurean event of the season from October 19-21, sponsored by the San Francisco Design Center (SFDC). Beginning October 2010, two of Cosentino's leading product lines, Silestone and...

2009-08-06 16:54:02

Residents of an Illinois neighborhood that has hosted a pair of peacocks for the past six weeks said the birds were recaptured and taken home by their owner. Andy McLaughlin, a resident of the 1300 block of Crestview Drive in Springfield, said the owner of the mated peacocks, which have been roosting in the neighborhood since June, trapped the birds Monday, the Springfield State Journal-Register reported Thursday. McLaughlin said the owner, who refused comment to the Journal-Register, used...

2009-06-19 13:36:38

Australian firefighters and a tree trimmer executed a two-hour rescue in an unusual situation -- a bird was stuck in a tree. Firefighters said they were called to the scene Thursday after the peacock was spotted dangling upside down 65 feet up in a tree near the Kennedy Highway in Koah, Queensland, the Courier Mail reported Friday. The rescuers said the bird was brought back to the ground at about 9 p.m. Peacocks are not known as strong fliers but do roost in trees.

2009-04-13 15:37:59

A Chinese wedding dress factory said eight workers spent 40 days creating a $1.5 million dress from 2,009 peacock feathers. The factory in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, said the dress also includes a bodice featuring brocade and Suzhou embroidery, the Daily Mail reported Monday. Male peacocks each shed an average 200 feathers during an average year, meaning the makers of the dress would have needed to collect dropped feathers from more than 10 birds for a year to gather enough for the gown, the...

Latest Peafowl Reference Libraries

2009-01-17 13:10:03

The Congo Peafowl (Afropavo congensis) is a species of peafowl that is native to lowland rainforests of the Congo River Basin in the central part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was first recorded as a species in 1936 by Dr. James Chapin based on two stuffed specimens at Congo Museum in Belgium. Due to habitat loss, small population size and hunting in some areas, the Congo Peafowl is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The male is 28 inches...

2007-03-26 18:36:06

Peacock bass is the common name in English for several species of tropical, freshwater fish native to the Amazon River basin of South America. They also exist as non-native species in the following parts of the world: The Dominican Republic, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Peninsular Malaysia, Panama, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the Virgin Islands. Ichthyologists and expert peacock bass fishermen are quick to point out, however, that the peacock bass is not a true bass, but is a cichlid fish of the...

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