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September 27, 1999

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Shannon, the Pet of the Day
Name: Shannon
Age: One year old
Gender: Female
Breed: Peahen
Home: Southern New Jersey, USA
 
   This is "Shannon," a blue peahen, and her two babies that were born this past June. They live in Southern New Jersey. The babies names are Erin and Eamon. It takes about three months to tell the "girls from the boys." The boy pea's have a longer tail and start to get color on top of their heads. Their bird group is know as Peafowl. Males are Peacocks, females are Peahens, and babies are Peachicks. It takes two years for the male to have a long colorful tail. Shannon will hopefully be a around a long time - peafowl can live for 15-20 years. The loud noise that you hear from the peacocks is a mating call. The season last from May to June....then you hardly ever hear them until the next season. They are not long distance flyers, but can fly very high to get to a perch or in a tree. They eat special peafowl feed, but Shannon also likes lettuce, tomatoes, marshmallows, raw eggs, and dog food.
 

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