Why Do Peacocks Have Colorful Feathers?


Peacocks are unique among birds for their colorful feathers.

The colors are produced by pigments in the feathers and the patterns are created by the way the feathers are arranged.

The colors of peacock feathers are thought to be important in mate selection.

The more colorful the feathers the more likely a peacock is to find a mate.

The colors may also be used to intimidate other males or to attract females.

Some scientists believe that the colors and patterns of peacock feathers may also help to camouflage the bird from predators.

The colors may make it difficult for a predator to spot a peacock in its natural environment.

Whatever the reason for their colorful feathers peacocks are certainly one of the most beautiful and intriguing birds in the world.