05 Jan '18, 1pm

15 birds who went all out for #NationalBirdDay

And now we celebrate what is perhaps the most spectacular tail feathers among birds anywhere. The Indian peafowl is famous around the world for its incredible display of iridescent tail feathers, which make up as much as 60 percent of its total body length. The peacock has not only the long feathers that boast an "eye" at the end, but also a set of 20 smaller tail feathers that help support the other feathers when he displays. Though the colorful display is a significant part of the attraction of peacocks, there is also a subspecies of white peafowl, which have all white feathers. These are not albino birds, but simply have a genetic mutation that makes them white, and they produce white offspring. Their displays make them look like something out of a fairy tale.

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