Besides the India Blue, whites are the most well known peafowl type to non-enthusiasts. Contrary to popular belief, whites are not albinos, because their eyes are blue, not pink.
Type of mutation: The white is a color mutation, and although it can carry other genes, such as the blackshoulder and white-eyed, they are not visible because of its completely white color.
Peacock Coloration: Males are, as their name implies, completely white. Faint eyespots can be distinguished in the train by a thin layer of off white that surrounds the ocelli. The actual seeing eyes of the birds are blue.
Peahen Coloration: Hens are completely white, with blue eyes.
Peachick Coloration: When first hatched, the chick is yellow in color with white wings. White chicks are hard to sex until about two years of age when the male will developed wispy tail coverts, because the bird does not change color much in its lifetime, and the male and female look so similar. Chicks born at the same time can sometimes be sexed by the length of their legs. Males often have longer legs than the females.
Origin: It is speculated there may be a few white peafowl bred naturally in India. White was one of the first variations to be discovered and made popular, and has been around for many years.
Do they breed true?: Yes, white bred to white will produce 100% white chicks. White is an incomplete dominant gene, so when a white is bred to a non-white the offspring will be split to white, and this will show itself by small white patches on its primary wing feathers.

White chick
White chick, photo courtesy of Jennifer @ Whispering Willow Farm.

Two year old White hen
White two year old hen, photo courtesy of me.

Two year old White male
White two year old cock, photo courtesy of me.

Mature White male
Mature White male, photo courtesy of Barry @ The Feathersite.

Mature White male with train
Mature White male with train, photo courtesy of Alex Ancona @ Ancona's Peafowl.

Mature White male with tail spread
Mature White male with tail spread, photo courtesy of Barry @ The Feathersite.

An India Blue X White cross
A Blue X White cross, (take notice of the white primary feathers) photo courtesy of Jane Smith.

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