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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Queens Park Southland New Zealand
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