Though peacocks are traditionally synonymous with their royal blue and emerald green feathers, these beautiful birds are just as stunning when completely stripped of its coloring.
Often thought of as an “albino” peacock, the white peacock below shows off her incredible tail. The result is a delicate, whimsical and almost skeletal-like sight for the eyes.
The magnificent bird you’re about to meet lacks colorful feathers because she’s missing a pigment. However, her eyes are blue — a true albino peacock would have reddish eyes. This peacock has a genetic mutation called “leucism” which causes a decrease in pigment which, in peafowl, causes a complete lack of pigment in plumage but still leaves her with blue eyes.
When she spreads her tail and spins around, my jaw dropped. According to Tree Hugger, each feather consists of thousands of flat branches, each with minuscule bowl-shaped indentations. At the bottom of each indentation is a lamellae (thin plate-like layers), that acts like a prism, splitting light. It’s the same principle for butterflies and hummingbirds.
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