|PHOTO BY JIM TANNER|
White peafowl spotted near bocce courts
Big Canoe is a bird watchers’ paradise. Jim Tanner’s photos of Big Canoe’s birds are consistent award winners in the Georgia Press Association’s annual photo contest. Last year Bert Loftman introduced the community to a bald eagle he spotted above Lake Petit. We ran the photo in Smoke Signals and it won an award, too.
Thanks to Robyn Bish we are getting a view of a white peahen (or peafowl) she spotted by the bocce courts in the Wildcat Recreation area. Robyn says she’s spotted the white peahen a few times in that general area.
White peacocks aren’t albinos, according to the website Cuteness (https://www.cuteness.com/article/white-peacock-bird-information)
The website explains: “Albino animals and birds have a complete lack of color and red or pink eyes. White peafowl have blue eyes. The white color appears in other domestically bred peafowl but in different quantities.
Chicks are born yellow and become white as they mature, according to the Peafowl Varieties Database. Indian peafowl of all colors, including white, have pink skin.”
And, there’s not just one shade of white, the website continues. These peafowl, when bred in captivity, exhibit a variety of white shades and patterns, including, “white; the pied white, which is a combination of white and the usual Indian blue colors; the black shoulder pied, where the coloration is normal except for white under parts, wings and a spot under the chin, and the black shoulder peahen, which is white sprinkled with black spots, according to the Peafowl Varieties Database.”
According to United Peafowl Association Knowledge Base, the first color variation was the black shoulder, which appeared in 1830. When the white first appeared is unknown.