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What I know about our peacocks

Marty’s photo of the day #3310: Over the past few days, people have been asking me about our peacocks. Here’s what I know: Peacocks are native to India, yet there are at least two males living on the property surrounding Deb’s and my house in Montana. I haven’t seen any females, so either the females stay hidden or the males are quite old, because we have had peacocks for at least fifteen years, maybe longer. Whether these particular peacocks were born in the wild or escaped from someone’s farm, we can’t say. Sometimes they hang out with our wild turkeys, and they are always secretive. In fact, yesterday was the first time I ever saw the two males together. I’m also amazed at how fast they can move. I took this photo earlier this week at dusk (I really had to push my camera) and had to run alongside the bird to get the shot I wanted. Peacocks can fly, but they don’t do so unless they have to. They do fly at least once a day—to perch high in a tree to sleep at night. In the summer, they are like roosters, and if our bedroom window is open, they will make damn sure I am awake by five each morning!

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