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Peacocks (Pavo cristatus)

Peacocks are large, colorful pheasants (typically blue and green) known for their iridescent tails. 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, and other hues. 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. Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of these outrageous feather trains.

Peacock Fun Facts

  • Peacocks eat plant parts, flower petals, seed heads, insects and other arthropods, reptiles and amphibians.
  • Peacocks are polygamous by nature. In the wild, male Peacocks generally have a harem of 2 - 5 females.
  • Peacocks have a significant need for companionship. Alone, they can get heartbroken.
  • The train of a peacock makes up more than 60 percent of his total length.
  • The chick of a peacock can walk, eat and drink on its own, even when it is hardly a day old.
  • Peacocks fly into trees to protect themselves from predators as well as to rest from holding their trains off the ground.
  • A family of peacocks is called a bevy, while a group of peacocks is known as a party.
  • At night, peacocks prefer to roost in trees or other high places.
  • Peacocks have spurs on their heels that enable them to defend themselves.
  • The three main species of peacocks include the Indian blue peafowl, Green peafowl and the Congo peafowl.

Swans (Cygnus Atratus)

The swan is a large aquatic bird closely related to geese and ducks. The swan is known for it's fierce temperament and the swans incredibly strong wings which are said to be able to cause dangerous and sometimes fatal injuries to any animal the swan feels threatened by. The swan is found on both sides of the Equator across the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The northern swan is generally white in colour with an orange beak and the southern swan tends to be a mixture of white and black in colour with red, orange or black beaks.

Swan Fun Facts

  • There are 6-7 species of swan including the mute swan, trumpeter swan, and whooper swan.
  • The swan has a large and strong beak, a long neck, and are noted for their graceful movements when swimming.
  • The European white, or mute, swan (Cygnus gibbus), bends its neck in an S-shaped curve.
  • The Australian black swan is black with white on the wings, and has a red bill crossed with a white band.
  • The South American black-necked swan is entirely white, except the head and neck which are dark velvety seal-brown.
  • The American whistling swan do not bend the neck in an S-shaped curve, and are noted for their loud whistling or trumpeting.
  • Swans mates for life, a collective group is a bevy, or lamentation, males are called cob, females are called pen and babies are signets.
  • Swan meat was once regarded as a delicacy in England especially during the reigns of the Tudors.
  • The legs of the swan are normally a dark blackish, grey color.

Ducks (Anas Platyrhynchos)

Ducks are medium sized aquatic birds related to other aquatic birds like swans and geese. Ducks differ from swans and geese in their tendency to dive into the water in order catch their food. Ducks are omnivorous animals feeding on aquatic plants, small fish, insects and grubs both in and out of water meaning that ducks can easily adapt to different conditions. It is because of the duck's ability to eat such a diverse amount of food both in water and on dry land that makes ducks one of the most widespread birds in the world as they are found on every continent, with the obvious exception of Antarctica.

Duck Fun Facts

  • A baby duck is called a duckling, and an adult male is a drake.
  • An adult female duck is called a hen or a duck, and a group of ducks can be called a raft, team or paddling.
  • All ducks have waterproof feathers as a result of feather structure and a waxy coating that is spread on while preening.
  • Ducklings are covered with down and able to walk and leave the nest just a few hours after hatching.
  • A hen will lead her ducklings up to a half mile or more over land after hatching in order to find a suitable water source.
  • Most duck species are monogamous for a breeding season but they do not mate for life.
  • When constructing her nest, a hen will line it with soft down feathers she plucks from her own breast.
  • A duck's bill is specialized to help it forage in mud and to strain food from the water.
  • Most male ducks are silent and very few ducks actually "quack."
  • Instead, their calls may include squeaks, grunts, groans, chirps, whistles, brays and growls.
  • There are more than 40 breeds of domestic duck. Ducks have been domesticated as pets and farm animals for more than 500 years.
  • Because of their familiarity and comic nature, ducks are often featured as fictional characters.
  • The two most famous fictional ducks are Disney's Donald Duck and Warner Brother's Daffy Duck.

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