The Peacock - Poem by chandra thiagarajan
The peacock is a large colourful bird
It is referred to as Pavo Cristatus in zoology
It is an ostentatiously adorned bird
It is a Phoenix on Earth—so heavenly.
Of beauty, and grace the peacock is symbolic
It is known for its iridescent tail feathers
Its feathers spread out upward in a train is majestic
It has typically bright greens and blues in its feathers.
Peacock is the term used for the male peafowl
Peahen is the term used for the female peafowl
Peacock, peahen and peachicks are collectively called peafowls
Forest birds, and terrestrial feeders are peafowls.
The peacock has extravagant, eye-spotted tail feathers
It fans it out and displays as a part of courtship
The peahens plumage is a mix of dull green, grey feathers
She lacks the upper train coverts of the males' plumage tip.
When the peahen is ready, her eggs to lay
She digs a shallow hole in the ground
And lines it with grass, sticks, leaves and hay
And lays three to five eggs, away from sound.
The eggs are incubated by the peafowls
They take about twenty eight days to hatch
The chicks follow their mother and are nidifugous
And when prone to predation they move in a batch.
Peacock belongs to the family of pheasants
They are native to India and South Asia
And of Java and Sri Lanka are inhabitants
They are also found in Myanmar and Malaysia.
Peafowls are mostly omnivorous
They eat most seed heads and parts of plants
They forage for berries, prey on snakes, numerous
Other arthropods, lizards and small rodents.
Peafowls in a group are called a muster or ostentation
This exotic birds' loud calls are known as " Screams"
The peafowls abound in their population
Where ever water is found and near streams.
In Asia the feathers are considered auspicious
And is a great symbol of immortality
For it is felt they are made prosperous
And mighty with much of bounty.
Ornamental crests atop its head has the bird
Being beautiful, multihued, magnificent and vibrant
India has designated it as the " National Bird"
Assigning to it the protected status, important.
In Hindu culture, the peacock is the mount
Of Lord Karthikeya, (son of Lord Shiva) the God of war
It is related to Goddess Lakshmi—paramount
And is present in the head crown of Lord Krishna's décor.
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