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Indian Peacock

Gorgeous Indian Peacock

The God Of War:

The Indian peacock has iridescent blue and green plumage. The peacock “tail”, known as a “train”, consists not of a highly elongated upper tail coverts. These feathers are marked with eyespots, best seen when a peacock fans his tail.

A peacock’s copulation success rate depends on the colours of his eyespots (ocelli) and the angle at which they are displayed. The angle at which the ocelli are displayed during courtship is more important in a peahen’s choice of males than train size or number of ocelli. Peahens pay careful attention to the different parts of a peacock’s train during his display. The lower train is usually evaluated during close-up courtship, while the upper train is more of a long-distance attraction signal. Actions such as train rattling and wing shaking also kept the peahens’ attention.

In Hinduism, the peacock is the mount of the Lord Kartikeya, the god of war. A demon king, Surapadman, was split into two by Karthikeya and the merciful lord converted the two parts as an integral part of himself, one becoming a peacock (his mount) and another a rooster adorning his flag. The peacock displays the divine shape of Omkara when it spreads its magnificent plumes into a full-blown circular form. Peacock feathers also adorn the crest of Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, one of the trimurti.

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