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About egg spots on peacocks....

Postby Itsroger » Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:04 pm

I know that some females might have egg spots, has anyone seen a male without them? The dominant make always seems to have more than the others, is this true?
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Re: About egg spots on peacocks....

Postby Fogelhund » Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:25 am

Itsroger wrote:I know that some females might have egg spots, has anyone seen a male without them? The dominant make always seems to have more than the others, is this true?


No, it is not true that dominant ones have more than others in peacocks.
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Re: About egg spots on peacocks....

Postby sir_keith » Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:45 am

No, egg spots are just a secondary sexual characteristic; they are not linked genetically to the complex behaviors that comprise dominance and aggression.
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Re: About egg spots on peacocks....

Postby Itsroger » Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:24 pm

Ok, thanks for the answers. Has anyone knowingly had a male without egg spots?
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Re: About egg spots on peacocks....

Postby DJRansome » Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:18 am

Yes my male has no egg spots.
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Re: About egg spots on peacocks....

Postby Fogelhund » Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:37 am

Itsroger wrote:Ok, thanks for the answers. Has anyone knowingly had a male without egg spots?


Here is the thing, Peacocks describes many species, and many hybrids as well. Many of these Aulonocara, pure species peacocks, generally do not have egg spots, as adult dominant males. Then there are species where dominant males, almost always have egg spots.... so it really depends on what you mean, by "peacocks".

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