wings and things

“You have a pied peacock!”

on December 22, 2012

Well guess what I found out yesterday? Gutsy9 is definitely a male and he is also pied which means he is half blue and half white. So I was probably right about King being the father and one of the white peahens being the mother. A friend who was doing some painting here took one look at him and said “You have a pied peacock!” He was so surprised. Apparently we may find a few more little Gutsys around in the next few weeks but, since I haven’t been able to find any nests, it seems unlikely.

Here is a link to a website that shows pictures of what a pied peacock looks like when it’s fully grown. I found this very interesting.

It's possible, of course,  that Prince might be the father.

It’s possible, of course, that Prince might be the father.

But all of the peahens tend to avoid Prince because he is so immature.

But all of the peahens tend to avoid Prince because he is so immature.

So this must be Mum.

So this must be Mum.

And this must be Dad!

And this must be Dad!

None of Gutsy9’s possible parents, however, will take him under their wings!

47 responses to ““You have a pied peacock!”

  1. terry1954 says:

    that was very interesting and I always admire looking at your birds

  2. Guess it’s up to you to take care of him. Hope he makes it.

  3. I figured Gutsy-9 for a boy, a Mama’s boy! Hee, hee. His parents are beautiful and when he gets all big and grown, sniff, sniff, he’ll be magnificent as well! 🙂

  4. Very interesting! I did not know they came in different colors. It will be interesting to see what he looks like grown!

  5. Judith Post says:

    Gutsy just gets more unique with each post. I wonder what happened that his parents won’t claim him, but lucky him! He found you.

    • jmgoyder says:

      Usually (from what I’ve heard, but not experienced), the peahens are very good mothers so not sure why this has happened. If the foxes have killed other babies or taken eggs then I guess it is understandable.

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  7. Lynda says:

    I think you showed us another pied bird once and it was an amazing looking bird. I can’t wait to see how Gutsy9 turns out! 🙂

  8. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    They are so beautiful – truly so beautiful. Love the yearling picture (in your link – your link worked!) with all that blue, illustrious blue.

  9. I wonder why his parents won’t acknowledge him? That is a bit sad….But he has you!….Diane

  10. yellowlancer says:

    Beautiful – my second son’s girlfriend told me last week she works with a man who has peacocks and doesn’t want to hatch any more this season, so if he gets more eggs she’s going to bring them here and we’ll try them under one of the bantams 🙂

  11. Lets hope you’re not the pied piper if more chicks turn up!

  12. janeslog says:

    You are so lucky to have so many birds in your land and nice summer weather as well. I was reminded of your posts when travelling on a bus through a country area and passed a farm which had hens and a peacock in a large fenced off area. Despite the cold weather they were out pecking at the ground.

  13. How fabulous a white peacock looks!

  14. katesurfs says:

    So cool! I can’t wait to show these photos to my daughter. She just saw her first peacock the other day at a wildlife sanctuary.

  15. victoriaaphotography says:

    Fascinating Julie.
    Thanks for sharing the link too. It will be interesting to see Gutsy9 when he’s grown up – I can’t wait.

  16. Louise G. says:

    WAy too sweet! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a baby peacock! Cool.

  17. shoreacres says:

    I just followed your links and got all up to date on Pied Peacocks. That’s really interesting – but whatever his colors, it’s that sweet personality that makes him so charming. And you make a very good peacock mama!

  18. Isn’t is amazing that something so tiny and cute will grow into something so beatiful, I think the pied peacocks are so stunning………..

  19. eof737 says:

    Please nurture him while they sort out their lineage…

  20. Such gorgeous birds. I must have been getting the story hit or miss.

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