The Indian 'Blue' Peacock by KenG ()
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I've been hunkered down for a while developing a new bird model and dealing with a ton of non-art things, so decided it was time to at least give a peek as to what I'm up to.
Unbeknownst to most people there are actually three species of Peafowl in the world; The Blue or Indian Peafowl from Asia (the most common), the Green or Javan Peafowl from Southeast Asia and the Congo Peafowl from, you guessed it, the Congo basin in Africa.
The Indian Peafowl is a resident breeder across the Indian subcontinent and is found in the drier lowland areas of Sri Lanka. In the Indian subcontinent, it is found mainly below an altitude of 1,800 m and in rare cases seen at about 2,000 m. Besides its native habitat, the bird has been introduced by humans to the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, South Africa, Portugal, Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Croatia (Split, island of Lokrum), and elsewhere. In isolated cases, the Indian peafowl has been known to be able to adapt to harsher climates, such as those of northern Canada.
Peafowl feed on seeds, insects, fruits, small mammals and reptiles (including small snakes). Adult peafowl can usually escape ground predators by flying into trees. Large animals such as leopards, dholes and tigers can sometimes ambush them however, and in some areas such as the Gir forest, peafowl are fairly common prey for such formidable predators.
Peafowl are sexually dimorphic, meaning that females look significantly different than males. The male peafowl are known for their piercing calls and their extravagant plumage (“Train”). The train is especially prominent in the Indian and Javan peacocks, which they display as part of a courtship ritual. The train feathers do molt after the breeding season and regrow as breeding season approaches the following year.
The functions of the elaborate iridescent coloration and large "train" of peacocks have been the subject of extensive scientific debate. Charles Darwin suggested they served to attract females, and the showy features of the males had evolved by sexual selection.
Peacocks are polygamous and maintain a harem of several peahen. Several males may congregate at a lek site and these males are often closely related. Males at lek appear to maintain small territories next to each other and they allow females to visit them and make no attempt to guard harems. Females do not appear to favor specific males.
A group of peafowl is known as a ‘muster’, a ‘pride’ or an ‘ostentation’.
Rendered in Firefly without any post work. Models include Flink's Sky dome and Instant Meadow and of course, my Songbird ReMix "Peafowl of the World"
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I always start my projects with a Poser firefly version to get the model, rigging, morphs and UVs right. From there, I move to DS versions (iray, 3Delight) and loop back to Poser superfly to finish off the project. I should start to show some Iray renders in a week or two.
Actually, a group of peacocks is known as a handfull! LMAO!! We have raised these beautiful birds for over 25 years. They are free range, so the opportunity to observe them is tremendous. Unfortunately, over the years, the bobcats have gotten all the hens, and our boys are down to twelve. I think they are, without a doubt one of the most joyful things in my life. I like your models. The hens are spot on.
Gorgeous composition and modelling! This is really top-notch 3d graphics. I was also very much interested in the information you shared with us today day because I saw a lot of peacocks in the jungle in the Chitwan National Park in Nepal, a couple of years back.