There are three species of peafowl in the world. They are the the Congo Peafowl (Afropavo congensis), the Green Peafowl (Pavo muticus) and the Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus). This post is all about the most popular of the three, the Indian peafowl.

 

Black-shoulder - To begin with we have the black-shouldered variant. The overall colouration is the same as a normal peacock but, as its name suggests, the cream and black barring on the wings has an overall black colouration. The female variant is largely white with black/brown blotches, and there is a brown patch on the back of her neck. Overall she has a 'dirty white' appearance.

 

Cameo - Males of this mutation begin brown in colour, but it lightens with age. The neck and tail always remain a darker brown than the rest of the bird. The peahen is similar although generally lighter.

 

Indian Blue - The standard colour of the Indian peafowl.

 

Indian Blue Pied - The male exhibits varying patches of white, especially on the face, wings and tail train. The peahen is similar to the standard but with white patches,

 

Silver Pied - Similar to the standard pied, although 80 - 90% of the bird is grey, eventually turning to white. The peahen is also largely white with grey patches and sometimes a little colour to their neck.

 

White - Females and males are completely white, with blue eyes.