A peacock without his feathers is like a king without a crown, a tiger without its stripes, a cowboy without his boots. The male of the peafowl species, the peacock has long symbolized beauty, regality and pride. Like many male birds, the peacock's appearance far outshines that of the demure peahen , and he showcases these famous feathers to drive those chicks wild.
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Life in the spring for peacocks is stressful for the males. They must stake out a territory and defend it against all other intruding males. They must display their magnificent tails whenever a peahen comes into sight. In addition to lifting and spreading those beautiful tail feathers, they must also vibrate them in a very fast and furious fashion so that the hens can hear the rustling sounds. And then they must also stamp their feet. While every so often, giving voice to their loud raucous calls to ward off other males and entice the females.
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The two dozen or so resident Mayfield peafowl make wonderful park greeters. Look for them in the trees, on the rooftops, lying in the gardens, and just wandering the grounds. They sometimes wander throughout the preserve also. Peafowl have been killed by cars driving on W 35th St. Here are some interesting facts about the peafowl at Mayfield Park and Preserve:. Yearly Peafowl Activity. Peacocks are the males, peahens are the females and peachicks are the babies.