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Are Pink Peacocks Real?

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Reportedly, an image showing a pink peacock has gone viral online and experts inform AAP FactCheck that its color variation is artificial and does not occur naturally.

Peacocks have long been used as symbols of magic, beauty and good luck in movies and cartoons; often depicted as magical beings who bring good luck. Yet do these beautiful birds really exist in nature?

Origin

Peacocks are widely seen as symbols of elegance and exclusivity. They’ve long been featured as popular motifs in fairy tales and movies alike; although pink peacocks do not occur naturally in nature they can be artificially bred to achieve this appearance.

Peafowl come in several species, such as Indian, green and Congo types; however only blue-white varieties can typically be seen in captivity. Breeding pairs with differing genetic mutations may produce other colors like black or gold versions of these birds.

Some believe peacocks dance in the rain as part of their mating rituals during monsoon season, but this is actually just due to male peacocks trying to impress females with long trains of iridescent feathers and giving a loud call which researchers have discovered can even be faked to increase chances of mating success.

Species

The pink peacock is an iconic bird of myth and legend, often appearing in fairy tales, movies and cartoons to symbolize femininity, beauty and magic. Its vibrant feathers symbolize transcendence and spiritual elevation while it has also been linked with Saraswati as the Hindu goddess of music, art and knowledge.

Though not common in nature, pink peacocks can be produced through breeding. Their bright pink feathers result from color mutations affecting how their feathers scatter light; breeders start with white peacocks and cross them with red-feathered peahens to achieve this vibrant pink hue.

Experts from both Australia and the US told AAP that most pink peacock images shared on social media are false leads. Editing digital photos to achieve sensationalism is straightforward; this particular one could have been altered by adding pink hue or cutting out parts of its peacock body.

Habitat

Recently, a viral image purporting to depict a pink peacock has gone viral, though it seems more likely it is simply an altered version of an earlier white peacock picture that has been doing the rounds since 2011.

Peafowl are famously celebrated for their elaborate mating displays to attract females. Males use tail feather fanning (known as train) to show their colors to females while also showing off iridescent eyespots and symmetrical patterns that attract potential mates. Furthermore, rattle their tails as an indicator that someone may be interested.

Genetic mutations have produced unusual color variations of peacocks such as Indian Peacocks, Green Peafowls, and Congo Peafowls that do not appear in nature.

Breeding

Peafowl are not threatened in their natural habitat and can often be seen gracing it with their presence. Each year, female peafowl lay between 4 and 6 large eggs which hatch out white before turning their full color over time.

Male peafowls display their plumage and dance to attract peahens (female peafowls). Additionally, males emit an individual call that broadcasts their status and vigor; their feathers reflect light like the surface of a soap bubble! The colors produced by their feathers come from three thin layers of keratin that reflect light like soap bubbles.

Rare color variants include all-white peacocks, created through genetic mutation known as leucism. This species does not feature red pigmentation in their feathers but still possess blue eyes.

Pink peacocks do not occur naturally in their native environment and are likely bred for novelty purposes by breeders. Videos and pictures shared online of pink peacocks often show enhancements or modifications made to make them more eye-catching.