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Do You Think I'M Sexy? Why Peacock Tails Are Attractive

Science & Tech  (tags: USA, scientists, study, Animals, Bird, Peacocks, Tails )

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Scientists in the US have used eye-tracking cameras to work out exactly what peahens find alluring in a peacock's tail fan.

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MmAway M (505)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 3:18 am
Dang it Ray I used to follow those peacocks when I was 4-5 to pick up the tail feathers and now they are selling them at Pet People. Off the news, sorry, it was a memory. THANK YOU FOR THE NEWS AT SITE!!!

Syd H (48)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 3:49 am
Eek, the selling of peacock feathers comes from live birds before they are shed (not as pretty then).

Funnily enough I was at a park yesterday to look for interesting bugs to photograph when I saw a peacock in all his glorious plumage. And then I saw a female... and some little brat chasing her it turns out because she also had 3 adorable chicks. So tiny compared to her. I stood between her and the boy and she seemed to understand so she paraded the chicks for me where ever I went in the park. I turned my head for a view moments to admire a view but turned back when I heard a sound much like the horns at stadiums. I knew it had come from her but didn't realize they could make that noise. Turns out she was distressed because in that short amount of time, in a city park, with several people around, one of her chicks disappeared. We never did find it. :(


Christeen A (368)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 4:34 am
Very interesting. Thank you.

Ruth C (87)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 4:56 am
Syd, I'm glad you stood between her and the boy, parents should be looking after their kids, not letting them do whatever they want!

Syd H (48)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 5:18 am
Well Ruth, the boy was older, about 8 to 10 but I believe he was with older siblings and friends not with parents. It was really malicious chasing though. :(

We have to teach respect at a young age because as parents we cannot be with them all the time. Nor should we really. We are not raising children but hopefully competent adults.

De D (96)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 10:31 pm
Syd, I hope that poor little chick was hiding somewhere, and came out after the park closed.

Syd H (48)
Friday July 26, 2013, 12:12 am
I do too D, but I don't think so. Mama followed me most of the way thru the rest of the park (which is big) even flying up into a tree at one point, but there was only the two chicks (who were quite panicked when she disappeared tho briefly and super happy when she came back down even if only a minute had passed). :(

It was hard to see her sadness too. She was in mourning.

Meanwhile, there are 3 nearly grown seagulls on the roof across from my bedroom window who are testing their wings now. I think mama & papa are ready for them to move on. Amazingly the flock seems to celebrate (very, very noisily) when another gull takes their first flight.

Oh, and yesterday in the park was an old seagull couple. I could tell because she, slightly smaller than he, was following his moves back & forth, scolding him the entire time tho she obviously adored him. It was so funny.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday July 26, 2013, 4:40 am

Sheila D (194)
Friday July 26, 2013, 5:18 pm
All you guys out there shaking your tail feathers?? Interesting, but not certain why we need to know this.
Fingers crossed about finding the chick. Noted with thanks.
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