||The Pied pattern can occur in almost all varieties of peafowl. It is an incomplete dominant gene, and is an allele of the white gene.|
||Type of mutation: Pied is a pattern mutation, and is often represented in genetic crosses as TP.|
||Peacock Coloration: Males appear like regular India Blues except that they are speckled and splotched with white. Exceptional birds will have white on their back and in their train.|
||Peahen Coloration: Hens are also normally colored except for the white splotches.|
||Do they breed true?: No. A pied (TP) times pied (TP) cross will result in 25% of offspring white (TT), 50% pied (TP), and 25% dark pied (PP). Dark pied offspring appear very similar to the India Blue, but white can be found on their wing primaries, and they carry the pied gene. If they are bred to whites, 100% of the offspring will be pied.|
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Two day old Blue Pied chick, photo courtesy of me.
Yearling India Blue Pied cock, photo courtesy of Rachael Body, Luverne, MN.
Yearling India Blue Pied hen, photo courtesy of Rachael Body, Luverne, MN.
Yearling India Blue Pied pair, photo courtesy of Rachael Body, Luverne, MN.
Juvenile India Blue Pied, photo courtesy of Alex Ancona @ Ancona's Peafowl.
Pied India Blue hen, photo courtesy of Josh Hoffman.
Pied India Blue peacock, photo courtesy of Josh Hoffman.
Mature pair of Pied India Blue peafowl, photo courtesy of Sid @ Texaspeafowl.
Pied India Blue peacock in display, photo courtesy of Alex Ancona @ Ancona's Peafowl.