Within the plumage of a peacock lies a complex architecture that’s continuously changing color. Or so it seems. Though the colors 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.
(2) The colors in the feathers of a bird are determined by two factors: pigment and structure. For example, the green in some parrots is a result of yellow pigments over blue-reflecting feathers. In the case of a white peacock, its unusual lack-of-color is due to a missing pigment.
(3) 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.
A mythical mutation of a peacock, which is now very much alive through careful breeding, some are starting to get interested in having one on their backyard.
This beautiful peacock suddenly became a hit on bridal parties and weddings.
(4) Adding up to the magical and mythical theme of the wedding, this could possibly be one of the best highlights of your wedding.
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Invergordon farmer Rosie Hocking said their spectacular fan of white feathers has captured the imagination of bird lovers.
“People are prepared to pay a lot for a white one. Just novelty value, I think,” she said.
“They sit on top of things, they’ve got their long tails just draping down and look really beautiful.”
The peacocks lose their trains in winter but grow a fresh set of feathers in time for the breeding season in September.
With such a grand tail-end, it is not surprising they take any opportunity to enjoy their reflection.
“They get on top of the car and look at themselves in the mirror,” Ms. Hocking said. (6)
“Or they come in on the veranda and look through the glass door to look at themselves.
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Newlyweds have particularly taken an interest in the decorative creature.
“He’s a favorite among brides … especially when he has his long train of feathers,” Mr. Menzies said. (7)
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