High-Speed Cameras Capture Exactly How Peacocks Strut Their Stuff
New slow-motion footage shows peacocks make their feathers dance and shimmer during courtship displays.By Evan Thomas | April 27, 2016
There's more to a peacock's flashy tail feathers than bright colors. New research shows what happens when the birds shake their tail feathers makes them even more mesmerizing.
Researchers recorded peacocks using high-speed cameras. They found the birds capture the attention of potential mates by making their tail feathers vibrate like guitar strings.
The motion makes a peacock's blue eyespots hold still while the rest of the feather vibrates. The result is — well, just look at it. It's like a wavy wall of eyes.