April 19, 2009

Sparky Went A Courtin

As many have read before we raise peafowl as a hobby. At this time our pride (a group of peafowl) consists of 8 males and 8 females of various ages. Right now we are in the midst of their mating season (April to June). Things are definitely not quiet here in our valley. The boys become more verbal. Screaming and cawing at any new sound on the farm. Vehicles coming down the drive set them off like watchdogs guarding their grounds. The neighbor children find it humorous to screech provoking the birds to scream back.

When the males are courting they fan their tail feathers (trains).
Our boys have 9 ft and longer tail spans.
They shake, shimmy, flutter and strut their stuff.

They proudly display their frontal view then gracefully turn exposing their backside.
This fancy footwork is all a part of their mating dance.
You can hear the drumming like vibrations (think Turkey) when something catches their fancy.
The older birds find interest in not only peahens
I have seen them flirt with rocks (yep rocks), chickens and yesterday was our one lone guinea.
She was not having anything to do with it.


Deb said...

They are beautiful with their feathers opened. It must be funny to watch them trying to impress rocks, etc. :) It definately is "that" time of year.

~Tonia said...

Oh how pretty!! We had some when we were kids Just one pair and the female was killed and the male flew off about 2 miles and found him a mate!!Lol We left him!!

ChristyACB said...

That is too funny...courting a rock! Gorgeous birds.

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

we've always been interested in peafowl, now that we are moving to 30 acres, we may end up with some. Sparky is beautiful.

DayPhoto said...

Beautiful! My husband's uncle used to raise turkey's and I always thought they sounded like they were calling HELP, HELP.


Small Pines said...

The natural defense system really works, I find - Of course, I'm not used to them, but the huge fans certainly scare me a little bit. Make the bird look so big! They are just gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

I miss our male peacocks :-(

Pricilla said...

They are gorgeous but amazingly stupid.