Origin of Cameo Peafowl:
Cameo was the first color mutation discovered besides the white, and has been around for awhile. It was originally called the silver dun. Cameos originated in Maine in the 1960s, and were first bred by Oscar Mulloy. Sherman Cram, Dennis Cook, and Norman Waycott helped perfect the mutation.
Cameo Peacock Coloration:
At the beginning of the season, males are dark brown in colour, but by the time they begin to moult the sun has bleached them to a much lighter “coffee milk colour.” The neck remains a darker colour than the rest of the body the entire year, and the train is darker in colour than the wings, which exhibit brown and tan barring. The ocelli on the train have varying shades of brown, but no iridescence.
Cameo Peahen Coloration:
Females are creamy brown and lighter than the males in colour. Their heads and neck are a darker rust, and the colour fades on the breast and back of the bird.
Cameo Peachick Coloration:
Chicks look much like those of the India Blue, but are lighter in colour, and are a creamy brown.
Do Cameo Peafowl breed true?:
Yes, cameo x cameo will produce 100% cameo chicks. However, like the purple, cameo is a sex linked mutation. This means that when a cameo cock is bred to any other type of hen, all the female offspring will be cameo and the males offspring Indian Blue peafowl split to cameo and the hen’s colour. Cameo hens cannot produce cameo offspring when bred to other types of males, only offspring split to cameo. This mutation is new to the UK so there is a shortage of males at the moment.
Type of mutation:
Cameo is a colour mutation, and can also be combined with spaldings spalding to create Cameo Spaldings.