The white pigment on peacock feathers is a result of a mutation called leucism.
Albino Peacocks are spectacular to observe, especially when the males display their colourful tail feathers. Even without the bold colours, there is one rare variety of peacock that is quite spectacular. Originally from the Indian subcontinent, the white peacock is now bred in captivity across the globe.
Peacocks are technically male peafowl, so it’s worth keeping that in mind when we refer to them. Baby peacocks are called peachhens, while female peachhens are called peachhens. A peacock can either be male or female.
After we’ve cleared that up, why is the white peacock without colour? The first thing some would guess would be that they are albino, but it isn’t the case. Genetic mutations called leucism cause white peafowl to be white. Due to this, their feathers appear white as the pigment is unable to be deposited.
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The white peacock is not quite as tame as some different species of animals because of leucism. Those who try to handle them tend to get picked and kicked by them just like their colourful counterparts. Their beauty is still irresistible. There is something mesmerizing about males, especially as they have much longer trains. At the age of two years old, peacocks can grow their trains to about 150 feathers long. When they try to attract female partners, their feathers glisten in the sun.
White peacocks are highly prized due to their unique appearance. Their historical meaning has been a symbol of purity, eternity, and unconditional love. In the wild, some white peacocks are known, but they’re more commonly bred for captivity, and can live for a lifetime.
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