Peafowl can exhibit several kinds of color mutations, including leucism. Unlike albinos, leucistic animals lack most of the color pigments of their non-leucistic counterparts. In the peafowl, this means white feathers but blue eyes. Such mutations are rare in the wild but can be produced using selective breeding.
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Close, but no. If this one has blue eyes than he’s a properly albino peacock.
Albino animals may have blue OR red eyes, it almost totally depends on the species. In cats and humans a lack of pigment in the eyes virtually always causes blue eyes due to the way they refract light. Red eyes are caused by you seeing the underlying red tissue and blood under the eye. If circumstances and the ambient light are just perfect you can even get colorless or purple eyes.
The confusion probably stems from the fact that the most common leucistic animal that the general public is familiar with is a white tiger, which as a cat obviously has the blue eyes rather than red like a mouse, fish, or snake.
Leucism in peacocks usually refers to the pied mutation(although there are other forms of partial albinism selectively bred into them too!). If this peacock has black eyes than it is technically leucistic after all, but that’s still a sub-type of albinism.
Thanks for the explanation. I am not a biologist/zoologist by any means and I appreciate any corrections!
Can you (or anyone) explain the last sentence (how leucism is a sub-type of albinism)? My understanding is that they are separate conditions with different causes.