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(`·–•National Bird•–·´)

↑↓ National Bird of India ↑↓
Peacock is a large and majestic
bird. It has got a long and beautiful
tail. Both the peacock and the hen
have crest. But the crest of hen is
smaller in size. The main body of
the cock is mottled brown in color.
Especially, the metallic green color
found on the lower neck is very
attractive. Though peacocks are
beautiful looking birds their calls
are loud and coarse.
They move in-groups and they are
normally spotted in the forests,
villages and nearby fields. They are
shy in nature. It feeds on lizards,
snakes, grains and insects. The hen
lays a maximum of five eggs,
which are in pale cream color.
The significance of peacock is
attached to cultures of India, Far
East, Ancient Persia, Greek and
Christian. In Hinduism, the image
of the god of thunder, rains and
war, Indra, was depicted in the
form of a peacock. In south India,
peacock is considered as a
'vahana' or vehilce of lord Muruga.
The figure of peacock is painted in
various Islamic religious buildings.
In Christianity, the peacock was
also known as the symbol of the
In India people believe that
whenever the cock spread its tails
in an ornamental fashion, it
indicates that rain is imminent. In a
way it is partly true. At the sight of
dark clouds the bird outspreads its
tail and starts dancing in rhythmic
fashion. Most of the folklore
including Bharatha Natyam has got
special dancing poses for the
peacock dance

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