White Peacocks do Exist, a Splendour to Behold, Read on.Keith
White Peacocks are more common than you might think.
The Indian blue peacock is known for the male’s impressive tail of brilliant colours. Peacock refers to the male, while the females are peahens. Peafowl originated in and around India and Ceylon but when the British Empire conquered India, they spread peafowl all over Europe and the USA.
White Peacocks Aren’t Albino
White peacocks are not albinos. Albino creatures have a complete lack of colour and red or pink eyes. White peafowl have blue eyes. The white colour appears in other domestically bred peafowl but in different quantities. Chicks are born yellow and become white as they mature, according to the Peafowl Varieties Database.
A Variety of White
A wide variety of colour patterns have appeared in peafowl bred in captivity. The include the white; the pied white, and the usual Indian blue colours; the blackshoulder pied, where the colouration is normal except for white under parts, wings and a spot under the chin, and the blackshoulder peahen, which is white sprinkled with black spots.
Speculation and Theory
According to United Peafowl Association Knowledge Base, the first colour variation was the blackshoulder, which appeared in 1830. When the white first appeared is not known. White, pied and blackshoulder colour patterns of Indian blues are not often found in the wild. Any patches of white would make the bird more visible to predators. The theory is that in the safety of being in captivity, their recessive colouration genes have emerged.
Temperament and Personality
White peafowl act just as unpredictably as their coloured peafowl brethren. They are not usually tame birds, although exceptional individuals handled with care all of their lives may be more tame or at least tolerant. They will try to escape from pens, peck at or kick anyone that tries to touch them. Male peacocks of any colour pattern have an extremely loud braying call that can be heard for miles.
When white peacocks are bred to white peahens, all of their chicks will be white. White peafowl also contain the genes for blackshoulder and pied colour patterns. If mated to different coloured birds the result will be a wide variety of colours in the chicks. Peacocks breed with up to five peahens.
Peafowl generally live up to 20 years in the wild, whereas in captivity, there have been peafowl reported to have lived up to 50. Peahens usually lay about six eggs, incubating them for nearly a month before they hatch. Chicks are able to fly for short distances only three days after they are hatched.