Living at the Ithaca Zen Center / Body Mind Restoration Retreat Center brings with it the (usually positive) bonus of living with 4 peacocks. 1 female, 2 young males, and one older male. The feathery details of the peacocks' social world are for another time, but today I find myself playing piano for a very curious peahen. My keyboard is set up right in a window overlooking the pond and far hills, and in the foreground is some of the peacock stomping grounds. As a young male tried his darndest to impress Ms. Peahen with his half-sized plumage, the object of his affection was curiously tilting her head at me as I fiddled around on the keys. It's nice to have an audience to play off of, and especially one that is hearing totally different frequencies than you can ever dream of. Here's a clip of some peacock music:
After Peahen left, the young male came back to see what was so interesting about the sounds coming through the window, and he showed me just how cool his feathers are when he shakes them really fast.