London: Reaktion Books, 2006.
Octavo, paperback, 192 pp. colour and black and white illustrations.
Reaktion Animal Series. Part of an unusual series that looks at the subject animal and its place in human history. The feathers of peacocks have been used in head-dresses, hats and helmets, to fletch arrows and to tie artificial flies for fishermen. This is the first book to bring together all the facets of the peacock including natural and social history, its role in religions and mythology in the east and west, and its place in the history of art and artefacts. Other titles in this animal series are available.