20 Beautiful Peacock Pictures

With its extravagant eye-spotted tail, the peacock (male peafowl) is a beautiful bird to snap a few pictures of. Interestingly, the vibrant color of peacock feathers is actually the result of how the feathers are microscopically structured. Slight changes in the spacing of the feathers’ fibers also change the feathers’ colors.

In fact, the pigment of peacock feathers is brown, only their nanostructure makes them seem blue, turquoise, and green. This unique coloration is also why peacock feathers look iridescent, since light angles affect structural coloration more than pigments.

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Miss Peacock: “Am I beautiful?” by Lomoody

So why take so much trouble to look beautiful? Charles Darwin thought that peacocks provided a great example of sexual selection, but John Steinbeck had a different perspective: “Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.”

In any case, peacocks are certainly beloved by many photographers.

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Freedom … !! by Ivan Tasic

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White peacock again by Tambako The Jaguar

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Who’s a pretty boy?? by Louise Docker

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Peacock by Paul Friel

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Dancing Peacock by Hamed Saber

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Looks like lots of eyes by Louise Docker

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Shades of blue by Tambako The Jaguar

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Peacock Tail, Long View by Tony Fischer

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Peacock in the vegetation by Tambako The Jaguar

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image by Shawn Rossi

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Peacock Flamenco by Mark Wheadon

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Fill the frame by Nina Matthews

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Peacock by David Whitehall

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Pauw by Greg Tee

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Are you looking at me by LadyDragonflyCC

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Eyes by Carly Lesser & Art Drauglis

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Duo of Peacocks by Chantel Beam

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Peacock taken from behind by Angela Bethell

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Peacock display by Robert Gregory



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