“SPALDING BRONZE” PEACOCK (pavo cristatus) ©Rocking B-A-B Ranch
Don’t adjust your Screen, this is indeed a brown or rather — a bronze peacock, a color mutation of an India Blue Peacock. It still has some residual green color in the neck feathers and a little of the blue on its head.
There are only two recognized species of peafowl occuring naturally in the wild are the Pavo cristatus (Indian Peafowl or India Blue) and the Pavo muticus (Green Peafowl or India Jade). All other color morphs are a breeding spin-off of these two species. The two types of mutations that occur in peafowl (white and bronze) are color mutations and pattern mutations that have only occurred in the India Blue peafowl. So, White Peafowl are NOT albino, they are a color morph of the India Blue species.
To see a slew of color variations click here
Indian Peacocks or peafowl (pavo cristatus) have been domesticated for about 3000 years. Peacocks are among nature’s most dramatically beautiful birds. Their native range is through India, Pakistan, western China, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The peacock’s preferred habitat is lowland and foothills with brush and scattered trees which they use for roosting. Related species include pheasants, grouse, guinea fowl, quail, chickens, and other gallinaceous birds.
The male peacock sports about 150 of the long “eyed” peacock tail feathers with which most of us are so familiar. These feathers, which are several feet long, are shed annually during the molt and gathered as a valuable “crop” in many countries through its range. These feathers are actually long extensions of the upper tail covers. They are supported from underneath by the much shorter actual tail feathers.
Other photos you may enjoy:
Buford Bronze Peacock
India Blue Peacock
White Morph of India Blue Peafowl and another White Morph