Silver Pieds are one of the newer varieties, only becoming popular in the last few years. Because of their unique coloration, no two birds are exactly alike.
Type of mutation: Silver Pied is a pattern mutation, and follows the same genetic rules and genotypical ratios as other pied types.
Peacock Coloration: Males are normally 80-90% white, with the remaining portion colored blue or green, according to normal India Blue coloration. This color often starts out as grey but changes as the bird matures. The train is also mostly white, with a few feathers retaining their normal India Blue coloration but with white in the center of their ocelli.
Peahen Coloration: Peahens are mostly white, with patches of gray coloration. A few green feathers are sometimes present in their necks.
Peachick Coloration: Chicks are mostly yellowish-white, with a dark spot on their back.
Origin: Silver Pieds were developed from India Blue white eyeds, but are now also available in different colors, such as purple, cameo, and spalding.
Do they breed true?: No, as is the case with all other pied variations, silver pieds reproduce with a 1:2:1 genotype and phenotype ratio. 50% of the offspring will be silver pieds, 25% white eyed, and 25% will appear white but will carry the white eyed gene.
Yearling pair of Silver Pied peafowl, photo courtesy of Barry @ The Feathersite.
Two year old Silver Pied female, photo courtesy of me.
Two year old Silver Pied male, photo courtesy of me.