How the Peacock Got Its Feathers

Joel on one of his adventures.

About Peacocks

Peacocks are the male of the peafowl species. The colorful tail feathers of peacocks are called a "train" and consist of about 200 feathers.  A peacock's feathers do not develop until it is approximately three years old and can reach up to 5 or 6 feet long to make up over half of a peacock's body length. Each year, peacocks shed their feathers. 



Peacocks are able to shake various parts of their feathers to make sounds that are not audible to humans.  Interestingly though, the vocal crows of peacocks are very loud. 


Peacocks can run up to 10 miles per hour and, while they are one of the largest birds that can fly, they are unable to fly long distances. For safety, they spend the night in trees.  Peacocks have excellent eyesight and their powerful legs have inch long sharp spurs that they use to protect themselves or seriously injure predators.

About Joel

Joel is a soft-spoken peacock with white feathers who enjoys spending his time exploring his forest home and learning about new things in the environment.  He tends to keep to himself but is still friendly and helpful towards his forest neighbors.


In an instant, Joel's life changes.  For a brief moment, he thinks he will never be the same. Discover how he handles the seemingly disastrous event and the outcome!

Joel the peacock stats

Birthday: February 9th


Favorite books: "All About Grass: Volume 12" by Professor Foley Hedge and "The Little Red Hen" by Florence White Williams


Favorite colors: blue and green


Favorite foods: fruits and vegetables


Favorite songs: "Rescue" by Lauren Daigle & "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler


Favorite subjects: Reading and forest ecology