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  • n  female peafowl

  • For one vivid day last week, the NBC peacock was the cynosure of every eye-fluttering peahen from the Bronx Botanical Gardens to Los Angeles' Griffith Park.
  • Durrell recalls the case of a Congo peacock and peahen that kept trying unsuccessfully to mate.
  • Its gorgeous tail renders it highly vulnerable to predators, so any peahen with a concern for her sons' longevity should opt for a more modestly endowed mate.
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  • Gaze-tracking finds that peacocks' tails don't impress females
    The peacock is the epitome of over-the-top displays used to attract the ladies, and has long been touted as the classic example of sexual selection in action. But new research suggests that peahens make their mate choices without paying much attention to males’ flashy tails.
    July 29, 2013 - Duke University

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