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Peahens vs. Peahens: Can You Tell the Differences?

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Peacocks are stunning regardless of gender, but there are some key differences when comparing male and female peahens. Not only are males considered the more beautiful of the two birds, but male peacocks also behave very differently compared to female peacocks. But what else is the difference between the two?

In this article, we will discuss all the similarities and differences between peahens and peahens. Not only will you know how to tell them apart, but you'll also learn about their differences in behavior and their reproductive roles. let's start!

Comparing Male and Female Peacocks

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Considering that peahens are much more colorful than peahens, you can easily tell the difference between the two birds.

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male peacock peahen
size 7 feet long, tail feathers 4 feet long with tail feathers
weight 9-15 lbs 5-9 lbs
feather Long, colorful tail feathers; dark green or blue Lacks detailed tail feathers; appears in neutral or camouflage colors
Behavior Territorial and female; impresses with their tail feathers but does not take care of their young Have territorial relationships with other females; care for their young and build nests, living comfortably in a flocking environment
reproduction Mate with the peahen, otherwise live a solitary life Lay eggs and care for young, live with babies and other females

Key Differences Between Male and Female Peahens

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Male peahens are larger in length and weight than peahens, often considerably larger.

The main difference between male and female peahens is their sex. Considering that peahens are much more colorful than peahens, you can easily tell the difference between the two birds. The two sexes also differed in body size, with male peacocks becoming larger in size and weight compared to female peacocks.

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Let us now discuss all these differences in more detail.

Peahens vs Peahens: Size and Weight

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Male peacocks are known for their impressive tail feathers, while peahens have none at all.

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One major difference between peahens and peahens is their size and weight. Male peahens are larger in length and weight than peahens, often considerably larger. For example, due to their impressive tail feathers, male peacocks can reach an average length of 7 feet, while females can reach a maximum length of about 4 feet.

Male peahens are also heavier than peahens, usually by a large margin. The average weight of a female peahen, or peahen, is 5-9 pounds, while the average male peacock is 9-15 pounds. You might not be able to tell this just by looking at them, but the male peacock's impressive plumage should be enough to show off their size difference.

Peahens vs Peahens: Plumage and Coloring

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Male peahens are completely green or blue in color, while peahens have more muted colors such as cream, brown, and tan.

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The main way to distinguish peahens from peahens is by their plumage and color. Male peacocks are known for their impressive tail feathers, while peahens have none at all. However, male peacocks use their tail feathers to their advantage as they are an integral part of the male peacock's mating ritual.

The peahen has a much softer overall appearance, with just a few colored feathers. Male peahens are completely green or blue in color, while peahens have more muted colors such as cream, brown, and tan. This is a survival mechanism for female peacocks, as their plain plumage helps them camouflage.

Male peacocks also defend themselves with their impressive tail feathers, which they puff up and use to appear larger. This often scares away predators or other threats, making peahens ideal for protecting peahens.

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Peahens vs Peahens: Neck and Head Appearance

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While both sexes have distinctive plumage that forms a crest on top of the head, the male peacock's crest is blue or green, while the female peacock's crest is a more neutral brown or cream.

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Another difference between peahens and peahens is the appearance of their necks and heads. While both sexes have distinctive plumage that forms a crest on top of the head, the male peacock's crest is blue or green, while the female peacock's crest is a more neutral brown or cream.

Both birds also have distinctive stripes or patterns around the eyes, but the markings around the eyes of peahens differ from those around the eyes of male peahens. Peahens usually have their markings blended with their plain plumage, while peahens have white markings on a blue background.

Peahens vs Peahens: Behavior

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Both birds also have distinctive stripes or patterns around the eyes, but the markings around the eyes of peahens differ from those around the eyes of male peahens.

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There are some behavioral differences between peahens and peahens. Male peahens are known for their impressive tails and their ability to woo peahens, whose main concern is their survival. This results in some behavioral differences as well as some structural differences in peacock flocks.

For example, most male peacocks live solitary lives unless they are in the middle of mating, while female peacocks live in groups with other peacocks and their young. Female peacocks are also responsible for building nests for young peacocks, which male peacocks do not participate in. You can also imagine some reproductive differences between male and female peacocks. Now let's talk about this.

Peacocks and Peahens: Reproductive Abilities

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In addition to the obvious sex differences between male and female peahens, there are also some reproductive and parental differences between these sexes. For example, peahens are able to lay eggs, but peahens are not. Peahens also care for their young well into adulthood, while peahens have nothing to do with raising their own young.

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