Out of all the birds in the world, peacocks are known to be the most stunning of them all. Their brilliant colors, unique patterns, and elegant nature are truly a sight to see, which is why there’s no other bird that can compare to their beauty.
But peacocks aren’t only the blue, green, and gold mix that you’re used to seeing. There’s a vast variety of differently patterned and colored peacocks which resulted in an ongoing debate about which one is most beautiful.
Could it be the Albino Peacock, or Green Peafowl? Or the rare Bornean peacock-pheasant? Truth is, there’s still no title-holder for the world’s most beautiful peacock. But we can look at the contenders and make our own predictions for which could be named the best.
One of the rarest peacock species is the albino peacock. Often called the “Bird of Paradise,” the albino peacock is famous for its all-white color and the tiara-like crests on the top of their heads.
Albino peacocks are not white peacocks. In fact, if you ever come across an all-white peacock, there’s a greater chance of it being a white peacock than an albino peacock. This is because albino peacocks are an extremely rare species of peacocks.
A simple way to differentiate between a white peacock and an albino one is to look at their eyes. If their eyes are red or pinkish and have pale skin surrounding them, you’ve spotted one of the only albino peacocks on the planet.
The albino peacock originates from the Indian Subcontinent. It is believed that there was a genetic mutation that caused a total lack of melanin in some peacocks, which later interbred and gave rise to many albino peacocks.
Soon after the British Empire ruled over the Indian Subcontinent, these albino peacocks were taken to America and Europe, where they multiplied.
While white peacocks aren’t an endangered species, there’s the alternating discourse around whether the same applies to albino peacocks. To this day, albino peacocks are being bred in captivity in countries all over the world to preserve their kind.
They are more in number in the Indian Subcontinent, Sri Lanka, as well as Congo Basin, a rainforest in central Africa. Albino peacocks enjoy living in woodland and forest areas. Since they are difficult to distinguish from white peacocks, they are often found living alongside them without being noticed.
White peacocks achieved their all-white color from genetic mutation, which resulted in them losing pigmentation around their bodies. But they still have some melanin, such as in their eyes and skin.
Albino peacocks, on the other hand, are completely void of melanin. They are born as a pale-yellow color and grow older to be a more striking shade of white. Their eyes are red, or have a pinkish tint, and their skins are pale as their entire body is affected by albinism.
When their feathers are spread out, they resemble the patterns of a snowflake. Unlike the deep blue, green, and golden pattern of the center of peacock feathers, albino peacocks’ feathers are fully white, with slight pale pink details.
When albino peacocks are interbred with white peacocks or other species of peacocks, there’s a greater chance of the offspring being pied. Pied peacocks have parts of their bodies that are colored, whereas the rest is white.
Just like most peacock species, albino peacocks are territorial and will attack other peacocks for their spots around the habitat. They might also fight over food, mates, and other resources.
When they stretch out their tails, they often make a rustling sound that is similar to that of a drumroll. This is called the “train rattle,” which is a sound most male peacocks make to catch the attention of a potential mate.
- Albino peacocks exist in captivity only, they are rarely found walking about in the wild
- They usually have a long life of up to 50 years (in captivity).
- In many religions, they are a symbol of divinity, purity, and spiritual cleansing, especially Hinduism.
- Because of their absence of color, they are tied to superstitious beliefs. For instance, in China, spotting them is a sign of good fortune.
- Their total number is a mystery, as many people, even zoologists, mistake them for white peacocks.
That concludes our list of the most beautiful peacock in the world. All the peacocks we’ve listed are just a few of the wide range of peacock species that are speculated to be the most stunning. Again, there’s no order for the list, so whichever is the most gorgeous fully depends on your opinion!
Which peacock from our list do you think deserves to be named the most beautiful peacock? We believe it’s the albino peacock, given its significance to different cultures and unique physical appearance.