Peacocks are traditionally synonymous with their royal blue and emerald green feathers. But these beautiful birds are just as stunning when completely stripped of its coloring. Often known as an “albino” peacock, the white peacock below shows off his 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 he’s missing a pigment. However, his 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 him with blue eyes.
It’s so beautiful when he spreads his tail and spins around. Each of his 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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