Peacock Facts: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:00 What Is a Peacock?
  • 1:38 Can Peacocks Fly?
  • 2:08 Peacock Diet and Home
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Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

The peacock is a kind of large bird with unique feathers. In this lesson, you will learn about peacocks, where they live, what they like to eat, and some cool facts about these birds, too.

What Is a Peacock?

Imagine walking around a zoo, where most of the animals are in cages or behind glass. You notice a large, colorful bird that is freely walking toward you in the crowd. It is dragging some very long feathers behind it as it walks. Suddenly, those brightly colored feathers pop up and spread out into a huge fan behind it. Everyone stops to look. You have just seen a peacock!

A peacock is a large, male bird that can lift up its long, colorful tail feathers and spread them open like a fan. It is also called a peafowl. The spots on its feathers look like eyes and are very brightly colored so that they can get the attention of a female, just like it got everyone's attention walking around at the zoo. The bigger and brighter the feathers are, the better! Their tails alone can be about 6 feet long!

A peacock's fancy feathers aren't just good for getting the attention of the ladies, however. If he is in danger, a peacock will fluff up his feathers to make himself look much bigger than he really is, to scare off the enemy.

The females are called peahens and are a brownish color. They don't have the beautiful, long tail feathers that the males have, but there's an important reason why they are so plain. After a peahen lays her eggs, she sits on them in a nest on the ground until they hatch. That brown color helps hide her in the bushes so that she and her eggs don't become snacks! The babies that hatch out of the eggs are called peachicks, and the peahen will take care of them by herself as they grow up.

Can Peacocks Fly?

As big as they are, and with all those feathers the males drag around, peacocks and peahens can fly! Though there are bigger birds in the world, the peacock is one of the biggest that can still take to the sky.

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