The collective term for these birds is “peafowl.” And a family of Peafowl is called a “Bevy”, the males are “peacocks” and the females are “peahens.” The babies are called “peachicks.”
Here are some interesting facts about peacocks
- There are just three different types of species in the peafowl family. Two of these originate in Asia and the other is of African descent. The African species is called the Congo peafowl and originated in the Congo basin. From Asia, the blue (Indian) peafowl of India and Sri Lanka, the other is the green peafowl of Myanmar, Indochina
- Peacocks change their sound by shaking different parts of their feathers. It usually fans its ornamented train for the ladies during mating season, its feathers quiver, emitting a low-frequency sound inaudible to human ears. Depending on whether they want to attract females from far away or up close. They’re not the only animals that create infrasonic sounds. Elephants also produce them with their vocal cords, most likely to communicate overlong distances.
- A female peacock has special sensors in her crest that allow her to feel the vibrations of mate who may be located far away. According to The Atlantic, the feathers are "tuned to vibrate at the exact same frequencies at which a displaying peacock rattles his tail." Whenever a male peacock fans his tail, he shakes it at a rate of 26 times a second, creating a pressure-wave that literally rattles the female's head for attention.
- Peacocks do not have to be killed for their feathers because they shed off their train every year after mating season and their average lifespan in the wild is about 20 years.
- Intrestingly Peafowls can fly – they tend to run with a top speed of around 16 km/h (10 mph) and take several small leaps before a big final hop. They can’t stay airborne for very long, but their huge wingspan allows them to flutter quite far.