Why Randy Peacocks Give a Hoot

Even when Indian blue peacocks have their mates in range, they'll make the reckless decision to call out. Why?

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During a research trip to northwest India’s Keoladeo National Park in 2011, Jessica Yorzinski sat inside a hunting blind. Searing summer temperatures caused her camcorders to malfunction. Animals — probably jackals — growled and scratched at her shelter, while a speaker blared an odd hooting noise. She watched for peahens to approach.  They did, far more frequently on days when Yorzinski, then a postdoc biologist at Duke University, played a particular peacock mating call,...
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