Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Phasianidae/Peafowl/Peacock (whatever)


Meet Jungle Gardens Resident, a White Peacock
Click on photo for the details of his face.


Peafowl are resplendent birds of the pheasant family, Phasianidae (order Galliformes). Strictly, the male is a peacock, and the female is a peahen; both are peafowl.


The White Peacock is frequently mistaken for an albino, but it is a colour variety of Indian Blue Peacock. Its white colour makes it looks really magnificent and elegant


What you can not see in my photos, is the fact this was one angry peacock. I wish you could hear the sound of his rattling quills, talk about the rattle of sabers, he had it. For some reason he had taken offense at a seagull. Did you know they attack? Squawk loudly? Peck? Use there spurs? they do and they can. I carefully left him after snapping these photos. He IS beautiful to look at, but I would not want him in my yard.
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14 comments:

Sunny said...

Wow, Sandra, these pictures are fabulous. I can't recall if I've ever seen a white Peacock before.
☼ Sunny

Catherine said...

Magnificent is right. And such great photos.

DawnTreader said...

Yes, magnificent would be my choice of word too ;) Impressive photos. And I would not want to be his enemy...

Ginny said...

Wow!! Great shots of one unusual bird!! And I learned something: that he is not an albino, which I had thought. Before I even read it, I KNEW he was mad. It all shows in the second picture. But I love your description of his bad behaviour. His face and beak do look like a chicken, although a fierce one! I don't think their beauty would be worth putting up with them, I'll just look from afar! Wonderful post! I love the shot of the parrot eating and his feathers all ruffled up! And the pineapple is so cute, still a baby. Will you eat him when he grows up? Going out of town today. Shopping, then to "Bonefish" for dinner. I've heard great things but never been there.

Snapper II said...

Peacock's, scream like a womsn when they are alarmed, and if you don't know they are near you, well lets just say they will scare the daylights out of you. They make excelent watch dogs. And they are beautiful.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Sandra, I love these captures of your elegant feisty new friend! A lady I new used to have a white one over here in addition to her blue but I don't recall it being ornery? Maybe in this case he doesn't appreciate all onlookers? Who knows, but these are just fantastic!! I see a new feathered friend on your side column (that your baby)? I'm off your page momentarily so I can't read the caption. My little one is a love bird (smaller version of the same). Anyway, have a wonderful day-

Betsy from Tennessee said...

WOW---the White Peacock is gorgeous, Sandra. I've never seen a white one before... Love your header!!!!

I've heard that they can be mean --so NO--we don't ever want them in our yards...

Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

These are fantastic pictures, Sandra. I've never seen a white peacock before, and I definitely agree that they are very elegant-looking. I also didn't know that they got violent. I've never seen that, either.

Tipper said...

He is pretty-but I'll take your word for the mean part : )

Madeline said...

What a beauty! Great pictures!!

Stacey Dawn said...

I've never seen a white peacock before - never even knew they existed. How exquisite he is!!! Glad he's in pictures though - if he was angry!!! ;o)

SquirrelQueen said...

White Peafowl are very interesting birds, our local aviary has two mating pairs. I was at the park today and one of the males was very upset at one of the Turken hens in the same area. The Indian Blues are gorgeous but I think the white ones are my favorites.

Great shots Sandra, I am always shooting them through a fence.

MedaM said...

I've never seen white peacock before. This one is really beautiful...impressive. Your photos are stunning.

Krista said...

These shots are magnificent! I love the way you framed him, particularly in that first shot. you're right, the white really is elegant!

(ps love your header!)