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India's national bird

8:51 AM


I have been a bit busy these past two weeks. It's been a whirlwind of Birthday parties, fluctuating temperatures, school projects, feeling a bit under the weather and just wanting to put my feet up. As a result, there was no India in picture last week.

This week, I give you the Indian Peacock. The country's national bird. I won't go in any sort of big detail about it here. The peacock has been present in Indian mythology and folklore since the beginning of time. The fascination for that big bird even crossed India's border, and it is not difficult to see why. Its long tail have captured the imagination of artists and poets through time and around the world.
I frankly think thee are no other bird as majestic as this one on Earth and I remember seeing them at the zoo in Switzerland and hoping they would open their tails for us (they usually did).

This handsome guy in the picture was found in Lonavla. He was probably kept as an attraction for tourists flocking to the lake and sole restaurant around said lake. DH and Ishita managed to get a glimpse of him strutting his stuff with his tail while I was manning the table inside the restaurant. When we were about to leave the place, he felt more like posing for hordes of tourists perched on a fence.

I suspect that his breed are big attention hogs and that they relish the spotlight. After all, their ornate tail is meant to attract peahens and a peacock that can't put up a good show isn't going to perpetuate the species. Showbusiness and star quality is probably something that is imprinted in their DNA.

And, their voice being quite nasty, it's probably better that they've been blessed with a physically appealing body. In French, we joke that they are all secretly calling and longing for a guy called "Leon" when they open their beak. Leon being pronounced "layon" and pretty much sounds like the peacock's call.

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  1. My neighbors in California had a peacock that wandered their ranch. To us ihis cry sounded like a lady calling Help! Heeeelp! HEeeeeelp!

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    1. One our client had peacocks roaming on his estate too. These birds have the prettiest feather, but boy oh boy their cry is nasty :-) It could sound like Heeeeeelp too, it is just so close to the name Leon in French that we never looked any further.
      funny thing was that a few months or so after living with DH we were talking about peacocks for some reason and DH was pointing out they have a really stupid voice. And I made my imitation saying Leon in a very nasal disturbing voice and he was like " God this is exactly that! How did you do it?" :-)

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    2. Anonymous10:57 AM

      It is said that Chandragupta Maurya the emperor who founded the Mauryan empire, was raised by a clan of peacock trainers. Thus, the title Maurya emerged from the sanskrit word Mayura (peacock) from where the hindi word Mor comes. Maurya is still a popular title in UP and Bihar.

      There is another interesting fact about peacocks. They have the most beautiful body and feathers but their legs are most ugly. It is perhaps the only part of the peacock's body which is not beautiful. I guess it the irony of god.

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    3. Their legs really look like giant chicken legs :-) Peacoks or rather peafowls as they should be called if we talk of the species are of the same family as the European Pheasant which is smaller, but still has shiny feathers and a big ornate tail when it comes to males. Not sure if they belong to the same family as the common rooster and hens. I am writing this before looking it up. I would not be surprised if they are though.

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    4. And I just checked, they are indeed part of the same family as chicken, and turkeys which explains the legs :-)

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  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phasianidae

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  3. Anonymous2:00 PM

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  4. Anonymous10:24 PM

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    1. I tested it on my android mobile using Opera, not working, this seem to be a problem with blogger that made the decision not to load the heavier widgets for mobile users. I moved the archive tool to a page because it was making the home page load slowlier. I haven't tried from an iPhone just yet. So far the only place I can't see the archive tool is my mobile. You can see it just fine if you log from a computer though.

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