Baker’s Hill is a popular stop on the City Tour of Puerto Princesa.
And the peacocks are its most popular attractions.
Peacocks are pheasants. National Geographic explains:
Peacocks are large, colorful pheasants (typically blue and green) known for their iridescent tails. These tail feathers, or coverts, spread out in a distinctive train that is more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length and boast colorful “eye” markings of blue, gold, red, and other hues. The large train is used in mating rituals and courtship displays.
The males showed off their fans every few minutes. It began with a few seconds of heavy fluttering and then the fan was up in the air.
The males took turns. Occasionally two fans (from two males) would be on display. Most of the time however, only one fan was up in the air.
The display was for the females but the males held their fans up for several minutes at a time–even after the females had moved away.
The birds are large. This diagram shows their relative size.
The fan is the bird’s most eye-catching body part. When it was up and being displayed, the male would turn itself so that the female (who was the reason for the display) would see it at its largest.
As the male turned, the colors of the fan would change (because of the way the light caught the feathers). Here’s the same peacock from slightly different angles.
Tail Feathers & Other Body Shots
Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of these outrageous feather trains.
The term “peacock” is commonly used to refer to birds of both sexes. Technically, only males are peacocks. Females are peahens, and together, they are called peafowl.
The Back Side
Ever wonder how the other side looks?
One final shot
Here’s to the peacock!
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