Dec 11 2013

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Peacock Maze

Peacock Maze in the tribal art style!

Peacock Maze in the tribal art style!

         The peacock lives throughout India, Sri Lanka and the surrounding areas. They are one of the largest birds that still can fly. The male peacock is well known for its showy iridescent feathers of blue, green and black. Peacocks are prized possessions, and have been kept as pets for thousands of years. In India they are a symbol of royalty.

  • Informally both sexes are referred to as peacocks, but it is more precise to call them peafowl. Males are called peacocks, females peahens. Juveniles are termed peachicks.

  • Peahens lay, on average, five eggs a year. These eggs will all be in the same brood, even though they are laid a day apart.

  • Peachicks fledge in about a week, and are completely independent from their mother in about 2 months. They are fully grown after about 3 years.

  • A fully grown peacock is about five feet long, including its tail feathers, which make up about 60 percent of the total length. Such a bird will weigh about 10 to 12 pounds.

  • Peahens are slightly smaller than peacocks, and only have brownish feathers.

  • The Sanskrit word for peacock translates to mean “cobra killer”. Peacocks will kill various snakes including cobras.

  • An extract of peacock feathers and water will treat the venomous bites from cobras and vipers.

  • In January of every year the peacock molts all of its feathers. He then regrows them all by June in time for much of the mating season. They help him attract peahens.

  • Peafowl also make various raucous calls. These harsh shrieking sounds are used to attract mates, to help warn nearby peafowl of predators, and during territorial disputes.

Download a PDF of the Peacock maze here!

Here is the solution to the peacock maze.

Think this design would make a nice greeting card?  You can find it here!

Original artwork by Rob Hughes available.  7″ x 10″ Canson mix media acid free archival paper and Faber-Castell black ink.

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