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The Indian peafowl’s scientifically-proven method to getting attention

Yala National Park

Fun Facts

Method 1 – microscopic, crystal-like structures that reflect different wavelengths of light (depending on how they’re spaced), resulting in feathers of bright fluorescent colours to bedazzle any mate! However, if the peahen is too far to notice (long-distance relationships rarely work), there are special sensors in her crest allowing her to feel the vibrations of mates at a distance (talk about being made for each other). Thus, Method 2 involves the peacock to fan his tail, shaking it at a rate of 26 times per second, and in turn creating a pressure-wave that literally rattles the female's head for attention!

Did you know?

Even in mythology, the Indian peafowl has grabbed the attention from Hindus to Greeks! In Hinduism, the peacock is the mount of the God of War, Lord Kartikeya. During the war, Karthikeya split the demon king in half, and converted the two halves into a peacock serving as his mount, and a rooster adorning his flag. In Greek Mythology, the peacock was believed to have sprung from the blood of Argus Panoptes, the hundred-eyed giant and servant to Hera. To honour his death, Hera had his hundred eyes preserved forever in the peacock's tail.


In Sri Lanka, Indian peafowls can be found in the jungles of Eastern, Northern and Southern Provinces. If you’re driving along the Hambantota district, you can even see them strolling down the streets!




Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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