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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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In more than 200 short clips recorded by eye-tracking cameras, four peahens spent less than one-third of the time actually looking directly at a displaying peacock, says evolutionary biologist Jessica Yorzinski of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
Greenwood's animal welfare officer Gavin Shaw said "Our new peahen is fitting in very well and is catching the eyes of the two males.
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.
A peacock dressed in its feathers, and then came Orpheus with his zither followed by four peacocks dressed in their feathers with the tail-feathers opened and a peahen and her young all dressed in their feathers, two pheasants with feathers, two swans with their feathers, two cranes also with feathers.
Washington, Aug 16 ( ANI ): Until recently no one could say whether the stunning tail feathers of peacocks actually drew the eyes of peahens.
In interview Cuttell told police he had seen Misty running out of a shed and try to chase another peahen.
They are Dawn Percival with cat Toby which won the Cat's category and Arif Sharif with his two-year-old peahen, Mereisspe, who won the Other Pet category.
Perhaps the female part of the plant is somehow choosing pollen the way a peahen chooses among peacocks.
Ger Lyons, trainer of Peahen and The Reaper "I think The Reaper will be a nice sprinter next year and he has run some great races this year against older horses.
BONO has put his neighbours' noses out of joint after his pet peahen went on a reign of terror.
A peacock and peahen are regularly putting on a show for visitors as they roam the Octagonal garden.