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peafowl

members of the genus Pavo of which there are a number of species including the common and the Javan. With the argus pheasant they represent the largest, most dramatically colored and longest tailed birds of the pheasant family Phasianidae. The peacock is a popular zoological specimen but has a typically raucous voice and is frequently muted surgically.
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A[cedilla] The peahen makes a nest of sticks, leaves and grasses.
These data come from a system that coauthor Jason Babcock of Positive Science, an eye-tracking company in New York City, engineered to fit peahens.
However, we are delighted to announce that in summer 2011 we plan to introduce a new flock of peacocks and peahens to the castle.
A falconry expert said the peahens had ventured into the city centre as part of a mating ritual, and were followed by the rest of the flock.
A PEACOCK, followed by two peahens, struts his way past the swimming pool - one of something like 13 in the complex - and up to the restaurant, looking for crumbs dropped by diners.
The fact that peahens are unadorned compared to peacocks supports the notion that sexual selection acts upon the sexes unequally.
He admits he has even become attached to the foursome - believed to be two males and two peahens - even though his workmates at First Class Frames, based on Binley Industrial Estate, have taken to calling him Peacock Pete.
6) Thus, in the most famous example, the peacock evolved his magnificent tail because peahens disproportionately chose to mate with fancy-tailed males.
His erratic behaviour started last year after the peahens he lived with were eaten by a fox.
Two peahens and a peacock also reside in the Reflections and Gazebo Courtyards.
However, sexual selection adds the idea that the cock's display appeals to peahens, so the peahens' propensity to mate with him is enhanced and the fancy tail survives.
He lords it over the peacocks and peahens we have on the front lawn.