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The peacock, largest of the pheasants, is native to Sri Lanka and India. It is often the male of the species that is shown in photographs, showing the beautiful plumage. Hence the simile "proud as a peacock". The female (pea hen) lacks the beautiful ornamental feathers or the bright coloring. Although native to Sri Lanka, the peacock population has gone down considerably, for, at one time it was considered a delicacy and peafowl were hunted down indiscriminately. Pea fowl are tamed quite…

The peacock, largest of the pheasants, is native to Sri Lanka and India. It is often the male of the species that is shown in photographs, showing the beautiful plumage. Hence the simile "proud as a peacock". The female (pea hen) lacks the beautiful ornamental feathers or the bright coloring.

Mountain or Rothschild's Peacock-pheasant or Mirror Pheasant is a medium-sized, up to 65 cm long, blackish brown pheasant with small ocelli and long graduated tail feathers. Both sexes are similar. - endemic to "montane" forests of central Malay Peninsula. The male has metallic blue ocelli on upperparts, green ocelli on tail of twenty feathers with spurs on legs. Female has black ocelli on upperparts, unspurred legs and tail of eighteen feathers. - Yahoo Image Search results

Karen moved to Mineral Wells, Texas, in 1978. The neighbors had every kind of domesticated and semi-domesticated bird imaginable. Including peacocks, which flew the coop, and built their nests under the juniper bushes in the front yard.