Dancing White Peacocks - Why do Peacocks Dance?

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India has two species of Peafowls: Pavo Cristatus (Indian Peafowl, or Blue Peafowl) and Pavo Muticus (Green Peafowl). White Peafowl is not a separate species, but a colour mutation of Pavo Cristatus.

[Mutation refers to any sudden change in DNA that creates a change in an organism's appearance, behavior, size etc; mutation is also the cause for albinism.]

There are a number of colour mutations that have been developed in captivity. All of the known colour and pattern mutations have been from Pavo cristatus (blue peafowl).

Mutations of Pavo Cristatus: alba (white), nigripennis (black), pied (black and white);

Selective breeding has produced a new mutation just about every year for the past two decades by aggressive, greedy breeders worldwide.
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Peafowls breed from Jan - Oct; as you know monsoon also happens in between. Yes, it is a whole lot of courtship dance and loud harsh calling to keep the female interested. Peafowls are polygamous and each male keeps upto 5 hens; this calls for a whole lot of dancing and raucous calling to keep the harem amused and aroused, and sleepless nights for its neighbours.
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Repeat performance today 3 May 2009

Returned to the zoo gardens today for my usual Sunday stroll. The white peacocks put up a repeat performance. Here are some of the images, if they are visible!













More Dancing White Peacocks at http://www.flickr.com/photos/3745573...7617372339993/

By the way, thanks for the detailed information RWeHavingFunYet.
Travelpod / Flickr


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Originally Posted by snonymous View Post About 6 years ago, I visited a small rural village called Morachi Chincholi [literally Peacocks Tamarind Grove in Marathi] which is somewhat off the Pune-Ahmednagar highway. Peacocks abound here and are protected by the locals who worship them as incarnations of Lord Vishnu. I remember they were all over the place, in the fields, in trees, on top of the thatched roofs, just everywhere - but they moved away when we went close. I read last year in the papers, that several peacocks there succumbed to some disease. Pity.
I have read one or two articles on the net & travel magazines about the place. The place seems really worth visiting. What will be the right time to visit the place ? Will June / July be a good time ? Now there is simple accomodation also available at Chincholi Morachi.

Nice pictures of white peacocks.

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Originally Posted by shahronakm View Post I have read one or two articles on the net & travel magazines about the place. The place seems really worth visiting. What will be the right time to visit the place ? Will June / July be a good time ? Now there is simple accomodation also available at Chincholi Morachi.

Nice pictures of white peacocks.

Ronak.

Thanks.
You can easily do it as a day trip from Pune, it is about two hours drive along the Pune Nagar Rd, you can take the turn off to the left from either Supe or Sirur. I think this road has been made 4 lanes now so it should be quite fast.

Year round should be fine, it was warm when we went and Im sure the monsoon months will be much better. I dont think the peacocks migrate anywhere from there, they own the place! There is an agricultural college there if I remember right.

Has anyone been to Viralimalai which is a temple and peacock sanctuary, just south of Trichy in Tamil Nadu? Hundreds of peacocks are supposed to turn up for lunch and then just as suddenly disappear until the next morning.
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Originally Posted by snonymous View Post You can easily do it as a day trip from Pune, it is about two hours drive along the Pune Nagar Rd, you can take the turn off to the left from either Supe or Sirur. I think this road has been made 4 lanes now so it should be quite fast.

Year round should be fine, it was warm when we went and Im sure the monsoon months will be much better. I dont think the peacocks migrate anywhere from there, they own the place! There is an agricultural college there if I remember right.
Thanks for your reply. Will try to go there in June end or July. Do you think public transport will be available from Pune or I will have to hire a taxi from Pune ? Yes there is an agricultural college at Chincholi Morachi where over night stay can be arranged.

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Morachi Chincholi - directions from Pune

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Originally Posted by shahronakm View Post Thanks for your reply. Will try to go there in June end or July. Do you think public transport will be available from Pune or I will have to hire a taxi from Pune ? Yes there is an agricultural college at Chincholi Morachi where over night stay can be arranged.

Ronak.
You can get public buses to Shirur very easily from Pune, all pvt and ST buses going to Ahmednagar will stop at Shirur, from here you would have to take a jeep taxi [very overcrowded] or hire a jeep / tum-tum from Shirur. Alternately hire a jeep from Pune itself.

This may interest you from the "Pune Nagar Road" section at:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/6848268/OneDay

There is another way from Shikrapur which is shorter, I erroneously said Supa in my earlier post. All the Pune - Nagar buses will also stop at Shikrapur. I now recollect that we went via Shikrapur but the road was very bad at that time, so we returned via Shirur.
Take a look at this:
http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/7...anjangaon.html
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Thanks for your reply.
I remember going to Shirur some 4 - 5 years back for a business visit. As suggested by you at that time I did take an asiad (3 x 2 ST buses) bus to Shirur & then an Auto rikshaw for my onward journey to the industrial estate.

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Originally Posted by snonymous View Post Yes, I believe they are very commonly seen in North India, in fact I now remember seeing peacocks flying into somebody's garden in Delhi, that was years ago. No such luck here in Mumbai.

About 6 years ago, I visited a small rural village called Morachi Chincholi [literally Peacocks Tamarind Grove in Marathi] which is somewhat off the Pune-Ahmednagar highway. Peacocks abound here and are protected by the locals who worship them as incarnations of Lord Vishnu. I remember they were all over the place, in the fields, in trees, on top of the thatched roofs, just everywhere - but they moved away when we went close. I read last year in the papers, that several peacocks there succumbed to some disease. Pity.

I just came across your post about Chincholi Morachi, Now you will get more improved view of nature in Chincholi Morachi. Its now approved tourist spot by MTDC. You can stay here for weekends also with your family or friends. Now you will get much delicious food over here.

You can check latest update on chincholi moranchi, its peacocks town
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What happened?

Very strange.

In my Inbox I got an update to this thread with some really useful information about Morachi Chincholi, but it has now disappeared from the face of India Mike for some unknown reason. Im pasting it here:

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I just came across your post about Chincholi Morachi, Now you will get more improved view of nature in Chincholi Morachi. Its now approved tourist spot by MTDC. You can stay here for weekends also with your family or friends. Now you will get much delicious food over here.

You can check latest update on chincholi moranchi, its peacocks town (http://tanmayas.blogspot.com/2008/08...ocks-town.html")


These guesthouse details from MTDC's website - found through the above website:
Shri. Devram Baban Gurade Mayur Bagh, Amrai Chincholi Morachi, Tal. Shirur, Dist. Pune Tel : 952138 - 2596126 / 259173 Mob : 9766076733

Please post after your trip Ronak. With photos of beautiful blue peacocks!

Update on the dancing white peacocks:
Incidentally for whoever is interested, I returned to the zoo several times and each time Mr White P put up a splendid show, except for this last Saturday, when he looked thoroughly bored - and who can blame him, confined in that not so big cage.
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I believe peacocks "dance" when it think it might rain. One year ago, I happened to visit Chennai Zoo (they've 2-4 white peacocks and 3-4 coloured ones). It was overcast (was not a monsoon season and didn't rain) and most of the peacock danced. Or maybe the courtship happens only when it's pleasant and about to rain?





^^ This is the coloured one ^^

It was quite a sight and never seen anything like it before.

In Thiruvannamalai (165 Km from Chennai), go to Ramana Ashram, you'll see them rooming freely and perched atop some hut there.
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Nice pics DrGrudge. I feel sorry for all these caged creatures - all sentenced to life imprisonment, some in solitary confinement. I wish all of them could be set free.

Thanks for the info about Ramana Ashram. Is it somewhat like Viralimalai?
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I've no idea about Viralimalai. Where's it? Have a blog linko?

Thiruvannamalai (3 - 3.5 hr drive from Chennai) houses 3-4 ashrams. Very tranquil and peaceful places. The room where the saint Nothing flashy or even to tell that they're in middle of a forrest or things like that. Foreigners frequent these places either for those "exotic" Indian experience or looking for a spiritual break.

Mentioned Ramana Ashram as it's the only place I've seen peacocks room freely and not cramped in a small cage. I too love going to NPs, WLSs and forests than to Zoos.
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They dance to attract the female. its to show how colourful he is for her.
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talking of zoos...
have you been to the one outside mysore ?
i believe its the best zoo in the land - plenty of open spaces for them animals
most of it is privately funded [?], hence upkeep and welfare of animals / grounds that much more well tended to.
It was established under royal patronage in 1892, making it one of the oldest zoos in the world.


talking of peacocks...
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Originally Posted by luckywin View Post They dance to attract the female. its to show how colourful he is for her.
what happened to the human males ?



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Viralimalai Peacock Sanctuary and Temple

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Originally Posted by drgrudge View Post ^^
I've no idea about Viralimalai. Where's it? Have a blog linko?

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Mentioned Ramana Ashram as it's the only place I've seen peacocks room freely and not cramped in a small cage. I too love going to NPs, WLSs and forests than to Zoos.
It is very close to both Trichy and Pudukottai. Havent been there myself but look forward to going some day. I understand that hundreds of peacocks come to the Murugan temple there every single day, have lunch and then disappear into the surrounding forest!

Links:
http://www.tamilnadutourism.org/Wild...hirapalli.aspx
http://www.lordmurugan.com/viralimalai.htm
http://www.indian-wildlife.com/viralimalaisanctuary.htm

Tanmayathopate:
Could you give some more details about Morachi Chincholi please.


Hi Brishti - I never found that Bengal Sweet House in Pali Naka!

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