The Peacock And The Crane

A Peacock spreading its gorgeous tail mocked a Crane that passed by, ridiculing the ashen hue of its plumage and saying, “I am robed, like a king, in gold and purple and all the colors of the rainbow; while you have not a bit of color on your wings.” “True,” replied the Crane; “but I soar to the heights of heaven and lift up my voice to the stars, while you walk below, like a cock, among the birds of the dunghill.”

The moral of the story is: Fine feathers don’t make fine birds.


  • mock (verb): to laugh at and make fun of
  • ridicule (verb): to make someone feel ridiculous (same as above)
  • hue (noun): colour
  • soar (verb): to go very high
  • dunghill (noun): where animals excrete their waste

The Peacock and the Crane is one of the famous Aesop’s Fables. A “fable” is a short story, typically with animals as characters, telling a moral or lesson.

Read by Tara Benwell.


Leave a comment

RSS Feed Subscribe to EnglishClub Podcasts