Saturday, September 10, 2016

Indian Peacock at Gir

In Gir Sanctuary went for Safari in an open jeep and we could see some birds flying around. We spotted the Indian Peacock in open areas of the forest.



It has iridescent blue and green plumage. The fan-shaped crest on the head is made of feathers with black shafts that are tipped with bluish-green webbing. Above the eye it has a white stripe and below the eye it has a crescent shaped white patch formed by bare white skin.



The whole of the body measures around 2.4 meters including the train that is around 1.6 meters in length. Each feather of the train is marked with an ornamental ocellus or eye-spot and possess long disintegrated barbs, giving the feathers a loose, fluffy appearance.



It lives mainly on the ground in open forest or on land. They mainly feed on berries, grains. They also like eating snakes, lizards, and small rodents. 

13 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

A beautiful bbird and wonderful shots of it. Have a lovely weekend.

Tom said...

Such a colorful critter.

Gattina said...

What a beautiful bird !

Al said...

That is a truly beautiful bird.

Ela said...

Wow !! What a beauty !!
Fantastic photos !!
Happy weekend !

Shrinidhi Hande said...

charming birds

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The fanciest bird, of all!
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Alok singhal said...

Lovely captures, no wonder it is national bird of India!

rupam sarma said...

So beautiful, nice clicks.

Claire Moxon-Waltz said...

Wow, so beautiful! I did not know that they would eat snakes, lizards and small rodents - what a surprise!

Jeevan said...

Awesome capture on the peacock! Impressive details

Kiran Acharya said...

Vivid colours :)

Jyotirmoy Sarkar said...

lovely captures.