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Can a peacock fly?

    Yes, peacocks are able to fly, but they are not strong or sustained fliers like many other bird species. Peacocks belong to the pheasant family and have large, vibrant tail feathers that can span up to six feet long. These feathers serve several purposes, such as courtship displays and territorial defense, but they significantly affect their flight capabilities.

    Due to the excessive weight and drag caused by their beautiful plumage, adult peacocks can only fly short distances, usually from the ground to a tree branch or a nearby structure. Their flights are generally limited to escaping predators, reaching safety, or accessing roosting spots. In contrast, peahens (female peacocks) have shorter, less colorful tail feathers and are slightly more adept at flying.

    Peacocks primarily use their strong wing muscles and elongated wings to maneuver on the ground and up into trees. They are more adapted for terrestrial activities, such as foraging for food, and spend the majority of their time on the ground or perched in trees overnight.


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