The White Peacock – Tladi Lodge Hotel in Johannesburg

The White Peacock

Though the colours of a peacock are revered, it is just as stunning–if not more so–without them. Often referred to as an albino peacock, it is nothing of the sort. It’s technically a white peacock which is a genetic variant of the Indian Blue Peafowl.

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Its unusual lack-of-colour is due to a missing pigment. This missing pigment is dark and absorbs incident light, making diffracted and interference light visible (i.e. common peacocks). The effect is similar to that of oil on water.

White peacocks have a genetic mutation that is known as leucism, which causes the lack of pigments in the plumage. Albino mammals and birds have a complete lack of colour and red or pink eyes while White peafowl have blue eyes. Chicks are born yellow and become white as they mature.  Indian peafowl of all colours, including white, have pink skin.

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Contact us if you would like to see a real live White Peacock and we will tell you where to go!