The iridescent blues and greens of a male peacock's feathers have long amazed cultures and inspired their fashion. Peacock feathers were a must-have element in Victorian millinery and were a favorite theme in just last year's interior design catalogues. Studies have shown that the females' attention is less focused on the whole of a male's "wheel" than on the colors of chest and bottom.

Peacocks blend into the background vegitation until the sun catches in their feathers and brings out the exotic hues

With the end of May approaching, chances to watch the wild peacocks of Galveston court on a regular basis are going to dwindle as the birds tend to lie low in summer's heat.

The wild peacocks live around Fabian's Kennel next to the Country Club. They first were brought in to decorate the links, decades ago. The peacocks have since thrived and can be found in flocks around the Pirate Beach neighborhoods and the area of 10 Mile Road.

April and May are peak months in their courtship, where the male spreads out its feathers and waves them in magnificent displays.

 

(4) comments

Steve Fouga

"Studies have shown that the females' attention is less focused on the whole of a male's "wheel" than on the colors of chest and bottom."

This is interesting. It makes me wonder what the rest of their spectacular plumage is for. Possibly to impress and intimidate other males?

Each year I watch the grackles during mating season, and marvel at how little attention the females pay to the squawking, strutting, rattling males. Usually the girls just go about their business of eating, ignoring their would-be mates and often leaving the scene entirely. But rarely does another male approach, once the first one puffs up, starts running in circles and putting on a show.

Maybe it's the same for peacocks.

Susan Fennewald

I still remember the first time I saw the peacocks.
It was my first year as a "birder". (I only took up birding after I moved to Galveston.) I was out at Lafitte's cove trying to see whatever I could see. This was about 15 years ago so it was a bit less built up than now and there were lots of empty lots. I saw a bird stick its head up above some tall grass. It did this several times, and I got a good look at its head - but that's all. I was flipping through my guide to birds trying to match the characteristics of the head to one of the birds in the book, but just couldn't figure out what it could be.
Then the bird walked out of the tall grass and I saw its entire body.
I had to laugh.
It was obvious it was a peacock! (Peacocks aren't listed in the field guides to North American birds.)

Gary Miller

Years ago a neighbor raised Pea foul for meat. Claimed they were better but smaller than turkey, larger and nearly as good as phesant. He claimed they were related to Phesant and turkeys. Are they?
They were the noiseist birds I.ve ever heard. Their calls could be heard all over the surounding ten or so blocks. I was very happy when Carla wiped out or scattered the flock. Peace and quiet at last.

Gary Miller

Not listed as game birds? No limit or closed season? Should have same no limit rules as other invasive species. Their screaches don't qualify them as song birds.
Pea foul for Thanksgiving?

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