Proud as a peacock

Darwin already described the peacock’s nuptial plumage to have evolved through sexual selection. The proud males try to impress the females by displaying their colorful, glimmering coat.

Iridescent tail feathers, complex ornaments and a prominent striking fan are indicating a healthy, vital mating partner to the females. The colors of the feathers change dependent on the angle of incident light.

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