Peacocks in the Glen

Peacock Day

Sep 24

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Today's Musings, History & Folklore

“I shall always remember how the peacocks’ tails shimmered when the moon rose amongst the tall trees, and on the shady bank the emerging mermaids gleamed fresh and silvery amongst the rocks…” ~ Hermann Hesse, The Journey to the East, 1932

A recent study recently published in The British Journal of Animal Behaviour says that when a peacock fans its ornamented train for the ladies during mating season, its feathers quiver, emitting a low-frequency sound inaudible to human ears. Depending on whether they want to attract females from far away or up close, they can change the sound by shaking different parts of their feathers. They are now one of several animals known to create infrasonic sounds, most likely to communicate over long distances!

Peacocks in the Glen

Peacocks, although they have mixed reputation in various cultures for both good and bad luck, share this celebratory day with another blue bird for Bluebird(s) of Happiness & Peacock Day.

A recent study recently published in The British Journal of Animal Behaviour says that when a peacock fans its ornamented train for the ladies during mating season, its feathers quiver, emitting a low-frequency sound inaudible to human ears. Depending on whether they want to attract females from far away or up close, they can change the sound by shaking different parts of their feathers. They are now one of several animals known to create infrasonic sounds, most likely to communicate over long distances

 

This dance is named for the famous Peacocks of Pittencrieff Park who have roamed this area in Dunfermline since 1905.

Peacocks have lived in Pittencrieff Park since 1905 when the Philanthropist Henry Beveridge returned to his hometown of Dunfermline from India, bringing with him the first Peacocks of Pittencrieff Park. Known locally as The GIen, Pittencrieff Park was gifted to the townspeople of Dunfermline three years earlier in 1902, by Dunfermline's most famous son, Andrew Carnegie. Since then the majestic Peacocks have been given the Freedom of the City and are regularly seen strutting around the town and park. 

 

To keep track of these peacocks, you can visit their facebook page here.

To learn more about one of the rarest of these beautiful blue birds in their special white incarnation, the white peacock, click the beautiful white peacock!

Peacocks in the Glen
Peacocks in the Glen

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