Noises Peacocks Make

The first two peacocks I got were given to me- 2 males,each about a year old. I was in another part of the yard and I heard this awful "Honnnnnk!!" I was wondering what had made that NOISE, when it dawned on me that it was one of my new, nearly beautiful birds!


In the months and

years to come, I learned that peacocks make all kinds

of calls:

*At twilight, they flew up into the pine trees and the

males would call out to each other and to distant birds-

"hellllllp hellllllllllp!"

*The peahens, on the other hand, sort of say

"hell-O, hell-O."

*Sometimes the males call out with as sad dove-like call

"Ohhhhh ohhhhh," sometimes accompanied by the

dogs howling too- all at neighboring coyotes.

*When the males are fanned out, and there are several

around, they go "Aaaaahhh Aaaaahhh Aaaaahhh,"

maybe up to six times each, back and forth between

each other. I admit, this one gets to me at times,

especially if I am on the phone, it's hard to hear and

be heard!

*If they are disturbed in the night, especially if the moon is

up, they will call back and forth with the "Aaaaahhh"

calls... usually I can

put a pillow on my head to get back to sleep. (My husband

sleeps right through it all..) This all-night-calling only happens

once or so in the breeding season, and we all get

used to the noise.

*Near the end of the mating season, their poor voices get hoarse,

and sometimes they can be heard to bray or even squeak!

We all get a good laugh out of this.


When their calls stop

in August, it actually seems TOO quiet and we miss it!


My theory is that the peacocks' noise-making anatomy is much

like a trombone- a long horn, with a wide mouth or a narrow

nose as openings, giving a wide range of audio possibilities.

It seems at making time, their ears are super-sensitive and they

react to just about any noise.

I always enjoy seeing a peacock on the roof, calling out

in the early morning when it is cold, steam coming

out of his mouth, making him look like a fire-breathing

dragon. They really are something!


In the future on this page we hope to have audio

bites of peacock noises. Keep checking back here.

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