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Rare white peacock is the belle of the bocce courts

By Laura Link with photos by Jim Tanner

The bocce players in Big Canoe have found themselves with a rare bird that likes to hang out around their courts – a white peafowl no less.

In past years Big Canoe residents found a colorful peacock perched on their decks high up on Sanderlin and sometimes on Ridgeview Drive. But recently a rare peahen has taken a liking to bocce, ignoring players when they are present. Jim Tanner, one of Big Canoe’s finest bird photographers, captured the peahen in her element at her hangout.

According to Wikipedia, albino peafowl occasionally appear with white plumage. “Although albino peafowl do exist, this is quite rare and almost all white peafowl are not, in fact, albinos. They have a different condition called leucismwhich causes an overall reduction in different types of pigment,” to quote the Wikipedia peacock scholars.

If you really want to know if Big Canoe’s belle of the bocce courts is an albino or not, look into her eyes. If she has normal peacock coloring of the eyes, she is not an albino.

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