Monday, April 22, 2013


Photo By: Rob Atherton
When I was a youngster, my Mom would take me to a petting zoo. For a nickel we could buy a handful of corn to feed the goats, llamas and ponies. But I was much more interested in the feathers I found on the ground. PEACOCK feathers!

The colors on these feathers sparkled in the sun, and I was truly AMUSED!

Boys, girls, cocks, hens, and chicks… We’ve found our MUSE!


Peahen (Female) Photo By: Hafiz Issadeen
That’s right, PEAFOWL. Peacocks are only the males. They are the ones with stunning feathers. Peahens are the females. And peachicks are the babies. Take a look at the photographs of each and notice their color differences.

Peafowl are native to Asia. In fact, the peacock is India’s national bird. Do you know what our national bird is (USA)?

That’s right, the Bald Eagle!

Today, peacocks can be found all over the world. This is probably because they are relatively easy to take care of, and they are so BEATIFUL!

Take a look at this video to see a peacock fan his plumage.

Amazing, huh? There are a few reasons peacocks display their feathers like this. First, it attracts the ladies (wink). Secondly, those eyes on the peacock’s feathers can scare away predators. And finally, when a peacock fans his feathers, he can hear things better. Have you ever cupped your hand behind your ear so that YOU can hear things better? It works the same way.

Peacocks molt or shed their feathers in the fall. On a peafowl farm, this is when farmers harvest the feathers to sell. Yes, there are indeed peafowl farms. Follow this link to a farm in Minden, Iowa!

Peafowl egg
Not only do people like to buy peacock feathers, some people like to eat peafowl eggs. One peafowl egg is equal to two chicken eggs. Don’t ask me what they taste like. I wouldn’t know.

Since we are on the topic of diet, let’s discuss what peafowl eat. Since they are omnivores, they will eat both plants and animals. This includes grass, seeds, flower blooms, insects, small reptiles and small amphibians.

Peachic, Photo By: Adrian Scottow
And you might be quite surprised that these birds roost high in the trees. With so many feathers, I thought it would be hard for peafowl (especially the males) to carry such weight during flight. While peafowl roost in trees, they build their nests on the ground. A peahen will raise up to six peachicks a year.

Oshun, The Yoruba Goddess of Love
In Asia, the Peacock is highly respected. In fact, the Iranian throne is named the “Peacock Throne”. In the Hindu religion, the God of War and Victory is symbolized by the peacock. And In Africa, Oshun, the Yoruba Goddess of Love and Beauty is symbolized by the peacock.

And if you have ever watched television, I am sure you have seen the NBC logo. Look closely and you will find… a peacock.

White peacock, Photo By: Erik Kilby
Before we begin writing, I want to give you three more quick facts about peacocks. They can live up to thirty-years-old. A flock of peafowl is called “party”. And some peacocks are completely WHITE.

With this new knowledge, what kind of story could you write? Maybe these WHAT IF questions will help you get started.

WHAT IF your main character woke up one morning and found a white peacock roosting on his/her windowsill?

WHAT IF you wrote a story about a peacock party (celebration)?

NBC Logo
WHAT IF your main character lived on a peafowl farm? What if somebody was trying to steal the peacocks’ feather before fall?

The possibilities are endless, and please leave your own what if questions in the comment section below. I’d love to see what you come up with.

So, grab a cup of hot cocoa, a pencil and a piece of paper, and let’s begin. With your imagination, we can go anywhere. I look forward to seeing where you take us.

With Imagination,

Professor Watermelon

The word of the day is “roost”. Here is the definition: a perch upon which birds or fowls rest at night.

1 comment:

  1. 1.What if peacocks had different colored feathers?
    2.What if peacocks were small birds?
    3.What if peacocks had 20 eggs at a time?
    4.What if peacocks were another kind of animal?
    5.What if peacocks lived in the Bahamas?
    6.What if peacocks ate human food?
    7.What if peacocks ate other animals?
    8.What if peacocks were all male or all female?
    9.What if peacocks had no feathers?
    10.What if peacocks lived in a desert?
    11.What if peacocks were your pets?
    12.What if peacocks had a job?
    13.What if peacocks had a peacock college?
    14.What if peacocks could talk?
    15.What if peacocks could drive?
    16.What if peacocks could teach?
    17.What if peacocks could sing?
    18.What if peacocks could dance?
    19.What if peacocks had phones?
    20.What if peacocks went to school?

    -Queen Puppy Lover