Snow White! - Leucistic White Peafowl - NZ by AndreaEL
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The white Peafowl. Most birds and animals do have a naturally occurring gene that eliminates coloring. It is usually recessive as in the white peafowl. Many have declared whites to be albino, but this is not the case.
There are several colour mutations of Indian Peafowl. These very rarely occur in the wild, but selective breeding has made them common in captivity. The Black-shouldered or Japanned mutation was initially considered as a subspecies P. c. nigripennis(or even a species, and was a topic of some interest during Darwin’s time. It is however only a case of genetic variation within the population. In this mutation, the adult male is melanistic with black wings. Young birds with the nigripennis mutation are creamy white with fulvous tipped wings. The gene produces melanism in the male and in the peahen it produces a dilution of colour with creamy white and brown markings. Other variations include the pied and white forms all of which are the result of allelic variation at specific loci.
Some have suggested that the peacock was introduced into Europe by Alexander the Great, while others suggest that the bird had reached Athens by 450 BC and may have been introduced even earlier. It has since been introduced in many other parts of the world and has become feral in some areas.
Taken in the sunlight while the peafowl was standing in a doorway.

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Snow White! – Leucistic White Peafowl

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

  • HELUA
    HELUAover 3 years ago

    A regal posture and crown indeed!!

  • Thank you for your lovely kind words, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Beautiful! I, too, would have thought it was albino.

  • Thank you Dot for your lovely kind words, very much appreciated. I thought so too, amazing what we learn on the internet these days.

    – AndreaEL

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous shot!

  • Thank you Swaby for your lovely kind words, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • joycee
    joyceeover 3 years ago

    Great shot Andrea! I agree with Helua, a regal posture.

  • Thank you Joyce for your lovely kind words, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    They are gorgeous in any color!

  • Thank you Cindy for your lovely kind words, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    never seen a white one, quite a few of the others though

  • Thank you Lynn for your lovely kind words, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombover 3 years ago

    The white one’s are beautiful aren’t they….

  • They sure are Loree, thank you.

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 3 years ago

    Beautiful, perfect title

  • Thank you Byron for your lovely kind words, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago

    How very regal looking Andrea – wonderful in a black frame.

  • Thank you Roy for your lovely kind words, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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