Tattoo by Phil Garcia
Like a courting male Peacock, this tattoo is sure to get your attention! Peafowl are two Asiatic species of flying birds in the genus Pavo of the pheasant family, Phasianidae, best known for the male’s extravagant eye-spotted tail, which it displays during courtship. The male is called a peacock, the female a peahen, and the offspring peachicks. The male (peacock) has iridescent blue-green colored plumage. The peacock tail (or “train”) is not the tail quill feathers, but the highly elongated upper tail coverts. The “eyes” are best seen when the peacock fans its tail. In addition to drawing the attention of potential peahens, the erect tail-fan of the male helps direct sound towards the ears, like a cupped hand behind his ear.
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