Can Peacocks Fly?

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Peacocks do have the ability to fly, but because of their large size, they are unable to sustain the amount of time they can stay in flight for long. Most peacocks can flutter long enough to clear small gaps or to assist them in escaping from prey.

In order for a peacock to take flight, it begins by running and taking a few small hops before one final leap into the air. The large beautiful plumage can also help the peacock when it starts to land by allowing the bird to gracefully glide back to the ground and land on its feet.