India in pictures
India's national bird8:51 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.