In medieval symbolism, peacocks represented vanity and pride. Nowadays, some think they bring bad luck; more commonly, it is only their tail-feathers that are feared, and should not be worn, used in fans, or brought indoors as decorations. This belief is first noted around the mid-19th century, and has been widespread since; it is generally explained by the green eye-like markings, emblem of jealousy and the evil eye. The bird's screech is also said to foretell rain.

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