For months in 2023, an image that claimed to show a stunning, blue-feathered baby peacock captivated social media platforms.
"Your cuteness for the day," one X (formerly known as Twitter) post said on April 23, 2023. "A baby peacock."
It wasn't real — the image was generated by artificial intelligence (AI).
We found it in Adobe's stock media library, where it was labeled as an AI-generated image. We also ran the image through a tool that detects AI-generated images, Hive Moderation, which found there was a 99.8% chance that it was generated by AI.
There were other clear signs that the image was AI-generated. For example, the peacock in the image had weirdly deformed toes, which is often a sign that an image is AI-generated.
Baby peacocks also aren't blue. According to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden's website, baby peachicks (the offspring of peacocks) are a mottled brown color when they are around 2 months old.
Based on the photo being labeled as AI-generated, as well as other clear differences between the claimed baby peacock and real baby peacocks, we therefore rate this image as "Fake."
We've previously fact-checked other AI-generated images, like those that showed elderly women with giant crocheted cats. And we've written about ways you can spot AI-generated images, which you can read here.