Peafowl can refer to either of two species of birds in the genus Pavo of the pheasant family, Phasianidae. Peafowl are best known for the male's extravagant tail, which it displays during courtship. The male is called a peacock, and the female a peahen.
- The very port and gait of a swan, or turkey, or peacock show the high idea he has entertain'd of himself; and his contempt of all others. This is the more remarkable, that in the two last species of animals, the pride always attends the beauty, and is discover'd in the male only.
- Too much tail. All that jewelry weighs it down. Like vanity. Can't nobody fly with all that shit. Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.
- For Sheer attractiveness,adorning ability,and adaptability,the Indian peafowl is clearly unsurpassable and incomparable.No other bird can claim such Triple'A' ranking.Regal and resplendent,yet common and plebian,it stands in a class of its own,a true symbol of India in all its beauty and colourful splendour.It is rightly the National Bird of India
- Samar Singh,"Behold the National Bird (2012).English Balbharti Book 9th grade Maharashtra State Board,India.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 591.
- For everything seemed resting on his nod,
As they could read in all eyes. Now to them,
Who were accustomed, as a sort of god,
To see the sultan, rich in many a gem,
Like an imperial peacock stalk abroad
(That royal bird, whose tail's a diadem,)
With all the pomp of power, it was a doubt
How power could condescend to do without.
- To frame the little animal, provide
All the gay hues that wait on female pride:
Let Nature guide thee; sometimes golden wire
The shining bellies of the fly require;
The peacock's plumes thy tackle must not fail,
Nor the dear purchase of the sable's tail.
- John Gay, Rural Sports, Canto I, line 177.
- To Paradise, the Arabs say,
Satan could never find the way
Until the peacock led him in.
- Charles Godfrey Leland, The Peacock.
- "Fly pride," says the peacock.
- William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, Act IV, scene 3, line 81.
- Let frantic Talbot triumph for a while
And like a peacock sweep along his tail.
- Why, he stalks up and down like a peacock,—a stride and a stand.
- And there they placed a peacock in his pride,
Before the damsel.
- Alfred Tennyson, Gareth and Lynette.