What Would Your Holiday Be? March 04 2016

March 26th is called “Makeup you own Holiday Day”.  I have decided that I would make it Honoring a Peacock Day.

These creatures are not only very beautiful, but they have some very interesting facts.  Here are a few that I found on mentalfloss.com.

ONLY THE MALES ARE ACTUALLY “PEACOCKS.”

The collective term for these birds is “peafowl.” The males are “peacocks” and the females are “peahens.” The babies are called “peachicks.”

THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE KILLED FOR THEIR FEATHERS.

The peacocks shed their train every year after mating season, so the feathers can be gathered and sold without the birds coming to any harm. The average lifespan of a peacock in the wild is about 20 years.

The best one though is this:

THEY CAN FAKE IT.

When peafowl mate with peahens, they give out a loud “copulatory call.” Canadian researchers Roslyn Dakin and Robert Montgomerie discovered that the birds can “fake” this call to attract more females. As the BBC’s Ella Davies put it, “By pretending they are mating when they are not, the birds could convince females they are more sexually active—and therefore genetically fitter—than their rivals.”  

Isn’t that a hoot!!

The Quote of the month is:
“Be like a peacock and dance with all of your beauty.” 
― Debasish Mridha