Green peafowl (Pavo muticus
). Chinese ink, watercolour and a little gouache on Arches hot pressed paper tinted with tea, 94mm diameter. The full view is larger than the original.
The scan loses something of the original, particularly the subtle, deeper hues in the neck. This not-so-great photograph
hopefully gives some idea.
I shared a progress stage earlier here:
Although the word 'peacock' has come to signify both sexes in common usage, it only properly refers to the male. I use 'peafowl' for the bird itself, and 'peacock' and 'peahen' for the male and female respectively.
Unlike the more famous blue peafowl, where the female is startlingly drab by comparison to the male, both sexes of the green peafowl are extremely alike. Apart from obviously lacking the long train of covert feathers, the green peahen is just as beautiful as the cock, with only subtle differences. In the wild and during the moult, it can often be very difficult to tell them apart. Just one of many reasons why I maintain that the green peafowl is always superior to the blue.