On 21-01-2018 I visited the park in Guardamar province in Alicante, Spain. It is a great pleasure for me every visit. The park is very large. There is an artificial lake. Today in this series I will introduce you to the most beautiful representatives of the bird kingdom. Peacocks today meet freely in eastern India, Sri Lanka Island, Assam, Burma and Indochina. Peacock dwells on the periphery of the jungle, loving meadows overgrown with shrubs. The peacock moves on the flock of several dozen specimens. During the day, the whole flock together looks for food – seeds and fruits from different plants, and sometimes the menu is diversified with insects and even snakes that they skillfully kill. The downy nights stay on the branches of the trees.
The male peacock has about 150 beautiful elongated feathers on the cross cloak that spreads in the courtship of the female. It reaches a length of 200 to 230 cm, while the female only 100 cm. It has a greyish-brown color.
A male peacock can live with 2 to 5 females, each of which lays 3 to 7 eggs in holes in the ground. The turbot for about 30 days.
In Europe, the peacock was imported during the march of Alexander the Great in India. He is highly valued for his magnificent plumage. It is easily acclimatized and grown in parks and gardens all over the world as a decorative bird. Peacock is an unprotected species.
The peacock feeds on seeds, fruits, vegetables, insects, worms, snails, rodents, lizards, snakes.
In 1909, American zoologists organized an expedition to tropical Africa to capture the rare kinsman of the giraffe, the recently discovered offshoots. Impassable forests and numerous dangers prevented the expedition from fulfilling its task.
The members of the expedition went back, bringing with them some of the cloaks of black nurseries made from bird feathers. A strong impression made them two of the feathers – reddish with black stripes. No one, however, could determine which bird they belong to. This remains a secret for twenty years.
It was not until 1936 that the zoologist Chepin found such feathers of two birds in a Congo museum. The skins of these birds were thrown out of use in a cupboard and labeled “young common peacocks”. Chepin identified these specimens as a new species of peacock that he called an African Peacock.
Hindus consider peacock a sacred bird and killing it is considered a crime.
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