Do you know why male peacocks have long, iridescent tails embellished with colorful eyespots while the peahens don’t?
The tail of the male peacock covers more than 60% of their body length and they use their vibrantly colored plums to attract the peahens for the sake of mating. Probably, the peacocks usually experience a tough time keeping the peahens’ attention; therefore, they have to entice the females in a fanning courtship ritual, or ‘peacock mating dance.’
Experts believe that what garners the most attention from the female peacocks is when the male peacocks turn around and start shaking their wings and rattling their tails during the ‘peacock mating dance.’ Therefore, mastering some dance moves is very important for peacocks.
However, it doesn’t end there, the peahens would choose their mates based on size, color and feather quality as all these features prove how healthy the male is.
In the following video, you’ll have a chance to witness how a peacock spreads his feathers and struts all his stuff in an attempt to allure the nearby female peacock.
Do you know that peacocks aren’t the only animal with interesting mating rituals? Birds of paradise also spread their feathers and dance to attract the female mates, too. Male hippos will actually fling there feces to show their reproductive health. Mosquitoes will sing to the females by the sound of their wings. And if you take time to find, there are many more other interesting mating rituals in the animal kingdom.