The Indian peafowl commonly called Peacock is beautiful bird know for its majestic colours and long train of feathers which displays colourful eye spots within it.
In 1963, the peacock was declared the National Bird of India because of its rich religious and legendary involvement in Indian traditions. This bird is indigenous to Indian Subcontinent, it was later introduced to other part world.
The choice was the peacock for the following reasons:
– The bird must be well distributed within the country in order for it to be declared ‘national’.
– It must be recognizable to the common man.
– It must lend itself to formal depiction, i.e., abstract depiction on Government publications, etc.
– It must not be confused with the bird emblem of any other nation.
– It is associated with Indian myths and legends, the peacock is represented in ancient Indian art and sculpture.
Peacocks and peahens are commonly seen in our fileds at native. They usually come near field foraging insects, grass and water. Peahen lacks the train and looks like normal bird but its true feast to watch peacocks. Peacock’s sound is loud, coarse, can be heard from far. Some believe that peacock spreads its feathers when it likely to rain and some says to attract peahen for mating. The debate and study on this is still on.
The bird is celebrated and seen as auspicious in Indina culture. The peacock is considered as Vahana of God. They are rich in colours and symbolise beauty, love and romance.
A heart without dreams is like a bird without feathers – Suzy Kassem
Lets spread our inner mind like feathers of peacock and enjoy the nature to the fullest.
This post is as part of AtoZchallenge2018 – Letter ‘P’ for “Peacock – Indian National Bird”