Man-birds are glorious when they a born as peacocks. Erroll is bewitched by this proud specimen, I can see from how long he wishes to spend in front of the bird, observing its quivering plumage here at our resort in The Seychelles.
One of the most ostentatiously adorned creatures on Earth, the peacock uses its brilliant feathers and iridescent tails to entice a female, the ever drab peahen. These tail feathers, or coverts, spread out in a distinctive train that is more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length and boast colorful “eye” markings of blue, gold, red. The large train is used in mating rituals and courtship displays. It can be arched into a magnificent fan that reaches across the bird’s back and touches the ground on either side.
The blue peacock lives in India and Sri Lanka, while the green peacock is found in Java and Myanmar (Burma). The little-known species, the Congo peacock, inhabits African rain forests. Our delightful Seychellois peacock had our attention from the get-go. He would lay on his favourite mossy rock and at a whim, flop down to the ground and spread his wings, on display, to our roaring applause.