The colourful Indian blue peacock which we all know and love, known for the males impressive tail and vanity, rightfully so may I say, is a truly exquisite specimen, it displays its extravagant feathers in a show of beauty.
The white peacock is equally as beautiful. Its feathers and appearance are the same as its colourful counterpart, other than the fact that it is almost entirely white.
Many believe this peacock is albino but in fact albino animals have a complete lack of colour which results in reddish eyes. The white peacock still has some pigment in its bright blue eyes. Leucism is a genetic mutation that causes loss of pigmentation but not completely like albinism.
See the white peacock in all its majesty below:
The white peacocks are not limited to being entirely white, in fact you can get a variety of mixes, one notable form is the ‘pied white’ which are a combination of white and the usual colourful Indian colours.
White peacocks are not found in the wild, due to the white colour they lose the skill of blending in to their surroundings like the traditional coloured peacock and are therefore more visible to predators, you can only find white peacocks in captivity.
There is a theory that the recessive white genes emerge in animals kept in captivity, this occurs more often in pet birds and animals, but an argument to this is that in the wild, they often don’t live long enough to be documented by humans.
Peacocks grow their showy trains at the age of three, they have an average length of six feet long and their tail makes up around an extravagant 60% of its body weight .
The fanning out of these feathers are to present to females during mating season, the white display is as impressive as their colourful counterparts. They usually shed their trains around January but quickly regrow them by June.