Peacocks make fake sex sounds to attract females’ attention, scientists say.
The birds are known for shaking their tail feathers but Canadian researchers have revealed a further sexual tactic.
Peacocks have a wide vocabulary of calls, and during mating they make a distinctive hoot.
Biologists also recorded males making this sound when out of sight of females and suggest such deception could prove rewarding for the birds.
The findings are published in The American Naturalist.