See in the birds a deeper and wider understanding of one’s self
The Peacock/The Power & Trap of Beauty: In the Peacock ‘displaying itself like a bride’, we recognize our vanity, our desire to be admired, which caused the peacock whooped their beauty to heave to be expulsed therefrom for having exploited this beauty and thereby misleading the innocent of heart. In their craving for beauty, nevertheless, they show their longing for the heavenly abode, their natural home, but they do not which to reach beyond this gate to the Absolute. Remember Rabia: “ If heaven should withhold me from Thy vision let me be deprived thereof ”. the Hoopoe gives them the cure for their ailment: “The object of our real desire is the palace of the king”.
The interesting thing about Beauty is you cannot create beauty if you don’t see Beauty, feel Beauty The Peacock in overly expressing Beauty lost the connection to its own inner Beauty. Never the less the connection with Beauty is so powerful that in the Peacock again and again it shows the longing for Heaven, the longing for Unity, the longing for God. But to go to that place of absolute Beauty we must give up ourself.
The Duck/Covered in Goodness and Afraid: In the Duck, we recognize those who cover their lack of courage for the positive quest of God under the guise of purity and benignity: the annihilsts who deny reality to creation, for who all is illusory and unstable. The hoopoe unveils the underlying lie: “Water is good only for those who have a fair countenance and clean face“.
— Shahabuddin’s Story of The Lion, The Lamb and The Goose —
The Partridge: Now Attar describes the one who passionately clings to outer things, the Partridge, whose longing for precious stones brings them to the point of swallowing pebble which reappear tinged with by their blood. They have their own preconceived ideas abut the value of people and things; and they assess their own nobility, discounting those who do not fit into their standards as ‘not worth considering’. The Hoopoe tries to cure them by casting this valuations in doubt, questioning this measuring rod of value, “The One who has the essence will not forsake it for the glitter of outer form”
Commenting Below: Peacock ~ Duck ~ Patridge: All three we are. Which one to you identify with the most and which one least. Explain if you wish