We all must have seen a peacock with its tail spread in 180 degree or resting it downwards. During my trip to Tiruchendur Temple in July 2011, I was lucky enough to capture a peacock hackle it's tail in a perpendicular fashion.
The male Indian Peafowl, commonly known as the Indian peacock, is one of the most recognizable birds in the world. These large, brightly colored birds have a distinctive crest and an unmistakable ornamental train. The train (1.4-1.6 meters in length) accounts for more than 60% of their total body length (2.3 meters). Combined with a large wingspan (1.4-1.6 meters), this train makes the male peafowl one of the largest flying birds in the world. The train is formed by 100-150 highly specialized uppertail-coverts. Each of these feathers sports an ornamental ocellus, or eye-spot, and has long disintegrated barbs, giving the feathers a loose, fluffy appearance.