The Peculiar Attraction of the Peacock

19 Sep

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The peacock is a peculiar animal in that the male is the vainer of the two sexes. In our own species, the human species, the female usually devotes more time and attention to their outer appearance. This is the domain of the male in the world of the peacock.

More odd is that the male peacock has been observed to put very little importance in the physical appearance of their female mates. They seem to care a little about height and beak size and that does not even seem to be a deal breaker.  If a female successfully plays into a male´s vanity, she can be quite short and have a relatively small beak, yet will have her target male fawn all over her.  Further research must be done but it is hypothesized that the ability to stroke the male´s ego may be the single greatest asset the female has to win over a mate.

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Not much homosexuality has been observed among the peacock musters studied, but when it has, a dilemma seems to arise. Both males seek the affirmation of their aesthetic but have little to no experience in offering such affirmation so a vicious cycle has been observed to form. Homosexual peacocks go around looking for another male who will placate their need for veneration, yet do not know how to placate this need in their mate. Given this dynamic, very little homosexual copulation has been observed in the musters studied even though a clearly small subset of the population is homosexual.

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There is one more curious phenomenon worth mentioning. The females observed did not demonstrate any concern for the aesthetic of the males. They have been observed to acquire the knowledge of the male´s penchant for this certain type of seduction from older females who have in turn had acquired it from even older ones. In other words, the females don´t even care what the males look like but have learned it is important to the males and have come up with strategies to conquer them using this knowledge to their advantage.

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5 Responses to “The Peculiar Attraction of the Peacock”

  1. Eric Tonningsen September 30, 2018 at 9:47 pm #

    Cougar peacocks. Gay peacocks. Curious peacocks. Fascinating. Their courtship rites don’t seem to be all that different than that of humans. Appreciate being informed, Ryan. 😎

    • Ryan October 2, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

      Hey Eric! Thanks for reading. Don´t even for a second think you were informed! hahaha Entertained, maybe, but informed no. Fake news!

  2. subhmohanty November 15, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

    Ha! And I thought what a profound research!!

    • Ryan November 15, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

      Hahaha! Just musings from my imagination my friend. Thanks for reading it.

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