Have you ever seen a white peacock?
This video is the first time I ever saw a white peacock, I captured this beauty at an Estate in Scotland last year. He was absolutely stunning, unfortunatly for this poor fellow the indifferent ladies didn’t appreciate his beauty as much as I did.
The White Peacock is a strikingly beautiful bird. Its size, feathers and general appearance is nearly exactly the same as its colourful metallic blue counterpart, except its feathers are all white – it’s also known as a leucism Indian peacock. The white Peacock is not different, it’s not a different species of bird and they are not albino – white peacocks are all white, due to a genetic variation.
Peacocks are native to India and exported by the British Empire. The first known white colour variation appeared in the eighteen hundreds and they are now bred for the white colour in captivity.
Male peafowl are referred to as peacocks, and female peafowl as peahens, though peafowl of either sex are often referred to colloquially as ‘peacocks’ baby peafowl are called peachicks. Leucism peachicks are born yellow and become fully white as they reach adulthood. The females are not as colourful as peacocks.
White Peacocks are not found in the wild, the white colour has been exploited by selective captive breeding. This is because white animals are more visible to predators and less likely to thrive in the wild. Peafowl are omnivores; they’ll eat plant parts, insects, flower petals and seeds.
In medieval times Peacocks were actually a rare delicacy. They were artfully displayed on platters for important guests on a king’s table, though it has been reported that peafowl meat is not particularly good. Ancient Greeks believed that the flesh of peafowl did not decay after death, so it became a symbol of immortality.