White Peacocks Are Not Albinos But They Are Leucistic - White Peafowl Facts, Information, Gifts

by VioletteRose

White peacocks or peafowls are not albinos but they are rare beautiful leucistic birds with white feathers and unique features. Leucism in animals are different from albinism.

White peacocks or peafowls are unique and rare white leucistic birds and they also look very beautiful. They are often mistaken as albinos, while in reality they are leucistic. In fact many leucistic animals and birds are often mistaken as albinos. Interestingly, this condition is also described as "albinoid" which means leucistic. The similarity in words "albinoid" and albinos shouldn't misguide you since these are different conditions. Albinoid means leuicistic or have the condition of leucism while albino means the condition is albinism.

Being albino means there is a complete lack of pigmentation which is usually a congenital condition, while being leucistic or albinoid means there is a partial lack of pigmentation.

Blue Peacocks known as the Indian peafowls are one of the most popular birds admired by most of us for their beauty. The white colored peacocks are rare, but they too look stunning.

The white peacocks are white in color due to the lack of pigmentation in the skin and feathers, even though this is rare in the wild but more common among those kept in captivity due to selective breeding.

Many times white peacocks are mistaken for albinos, but for albinos there is a complete lack of the pigment melanin which also results in pink eyes. The white peacocks have beautiful blue eyes (and sometimes few colored feathers too) and so they can't be considered as albinos.

Be it any color, the word peacocks refer to the male birds and the female birds are called as Peahens. They are collectively called Peafowls. However, the word peacock is more popularly known and so most of the people address both male and female birds as peacocks.

White peacocks are same as the blue Indian peacocks in size, behavior and other characteristics, except the fact that they look white in color. This is due to the lack of pigmentation in their skin and feathers and the condition is thought to be caused by a mutation in genes.

See the images of amazingly beautiful looking white peafowls here.

White Peafowl
White Peafowl

White Peacocks are not Albinos but they are Leucistic

Albinos lack the pigment melanin and there is a complete absence of this pigment in them including the eyes which results in pink eyes due to the visibility of underlying blood vessels.

In leucism, there is an overall reduction of all pigments and this doesn't normally affect the color of eyes. In the case of white peafowls, the skin and feathers of the bird look white but the eyes look blue in color. Actually even in the peafowls that look purely white, if you look through a microscope you can still see little color in the feathers. Although rare, peafowls with a mix of blue and white feathers are also found.

Peacock Art

Peacocks are always a great subject for art, irrespective of the color. It is the male birds which look more beautiful than the female birds and they are more popular. Peacock dance is also very famous, and there is a belief that they usually dance just before a good rain. I do not know if that's true, but I am sure they are great dancers!

The use of peacock designs in apparels, home decors and also hair accessories make those things look so beautiful and special. This is especially true for blue and also the green peacock designs, but the white peacock paintings and also the white peacock home décor items look equally beautiful and they make great gifts.

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Updated: 11/30/2016, VioletteRose
 
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VioletteRose on 10/24/2014

Thanks :) They are really very beautiful birds. I hope you get to see one.

CountrySunshine on 10/24/2014

Wow! I've never heard of, nor seen, a while peacock. These are beautiful!

VioletteRose on 04/07/2014

Thanks DerdriuMarriner!

DerdriuMarriner on 04/05/2014

VioletteRose, I came back for a second visit. These white peafowl are simply stunning.

VioletteRose on 03/23/2014

Thank you all :) I am really glad to read all the comments on white peacocks.

WordChazer on 03/21/2014

I never knew there were white versions as well as blue/green peafowl. There are very vocal blue peafowl in the park at Benalmadena in Spain, allegedly from the smallholding of an old man who let his menagerie loose in the park before he died. At which point the park authorities promptly took possession of his land and made it part of the park too.

DerdriuMarriner on 03/20/2014

VioletteRose, The batik of the white and blue peafowls by Olena Leonova spotlights the white version's beauty.

Mira on 03/20/2014

White peacocks are stunning, too! I loved the info on your page, and, like Emma, I think that peacock-themed set of cup, saucer and spoon is quite creative!

Guest on 03/19/2014

VioletteRose, Peacock Tea Set With Saucer And Spoon is exquisite.
Even though blue peafowls are stunning, I have always preferred them in their white version, which seems exceptionally spectacular to me. Either way, though, they are marvels to behold.

ologsinquito on 03/19/2014

I'm pinning this article about these beautiful birds to my Peacock Feathers board.


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