Peacocks might just be the most majestic of birds. With their fancy crowns and extravagant tails (actually called “trains”), they’re truly a sight to behold. Aside from their colorful feathers, peacocks have other unique features and habits. For these reasons and more, we decided to explore all of them while sharing some peacock coloring pages with you. Why coloring pages? Coloring is beneficial for you and your kids on so many levels. First and foremost, let’s not forget that coloring is a quiet DIY kids activity. There’s no need to talk or scream while coloring, and you usually do it while sitting down and staying still. Sounds like a good time for Mama to catch up on The Crown, eh?
But also, in all honesty, we simply love the look of peacocks. All of that extravagant plumage! That distinctive head crest! Seriously, we could wax poetic about this exotic bird for hours. We’ll spare you, though. Instead, pull out all your blue, green, and purple crayons and get ready for a ton of fun. And once your little one finishes these, they can fly on over to our parrot coloring pages, flamingo coloring pages, and penguin coloring pages.
Free Peacock Coloring Pages
Peacock No. 1
Let’s start with this tidbit, as it will probably come in handy further down. Did you know that “peacock” is technically only the name for males of the “peafowl” species? It’s true! Scientifically speaking, female peafowl are called “peahens.” Don’t worry, though. Peacock is generally accepted as the name for both males and females.
Peacock No. 2
Typically, it’s only the male peacock that has an enormous spread of gorgeous feathers. Scientists recently discovered that those feathers are more than just ornamental, though. When the male peacock spreads its feathers (known as the “train”), they shiver and make a sound undetectable to human ears. That noise helps tells all the peahens that he’s ready to mate. Peacocks also do not like being alone. They enjoy being in small groups and depend on their fellow birds for company.
Peacock No. 3
Once peafowl mate and have offspring, those babies are called “peachicks.” Together as a family, peafowl groups are known by multiple names. Our favorite is “ostentation.” And fun fact: Unlike penguins, peacocks are polyamorous, which means they have multiple partners throughout their life. They usually keep about two, but some male peacocks have up to five partners they mate with.
Peacock No. 4
Peachicks remain ungendered until they’re at least six months old. Up to that point, peachicks are the same color as their mum. But starting halfway through their first year, their more colorful feathers begin to appear — if they’re male, that is. Did you know peacocks can make up to 11 different sounds? They can make noise using their tail and another that’s so low-pitched humans can’t even hear it!.
Peacock No. 5
Ever see an all-white peacock? It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that the bird must be albino, but check out its eyes. Unless they’re pink or red, a white peacock isn’t albino. Instead, it has leucism, which is a genetic mutation. Peacocks also reach sexual maturation by age three.
Peacock No. 6
While there are millions of peacocks living in America now, peacocks didn’t originate from North America at all. There are three peacock species: Two originated in Asia, while the other is from Africa. Fun fact: If you are ever being chased by a peacock, it will probably catch you. They can run at a speed of 10 miles per hour.
Peacock No. 7
While peafowl can live roughly 50 years as domesticated animals, wild peacocks aren’t quite as lucky. Wild peafowl typically only live to about twenty years older. So, in this case, being wild and free sounds shaves off 30 years of life. Ancient Greeks believed that a peacock’s body didn’t decay after death, so they became a symbol of immortality. For more than 2,000 years, people have captured peacocks and used them for attractions and entertainment.
Peacock No. 8
While you may not see it often at the zoo or in animal parks, peacocks can actually fly. Since males can weigh twice as much as females, we imagine some of them have to work a little harder. They don’t fly long distances, but they’re known to fly up into trees to avoid predators. (Or annoying human visitors.) Do you know what a group of peafowl is called? A harem.
Peacock No. 9
Just like many chicken breeds or sea turtles, most peahens lay their eggs at a very specific time of day. While sea turtles lay eggs at night, peahens lay their eggs in the afternoon. In most cases, they lay up to six eggs at a time. Peacocks are also one of the largest flying birds. They have a wingspan of 4.9 feet.
Peacock No. 10
Male peacocks completely replenish their feathers once a year. In other words, there’s no reason to worry about collecting the random peafowl feather as it’s no harm to them to lose their feathers. It sounds like they “shed” almost as much as we do!
Peacock No. 11
Did you know the logo of the NBC television network is designed in the shape of a peacock? It’s been that way since 1956. That would make the NBC peacock more than 50 years old.
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