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Bridezillas are splurging $1,000 on renting ultra-rare white PEACOCKS to achieve the wedding of their dreams

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 15/05/2018

a close up of a flower: Now brides are taking things a step further as they're requesting rare white peacocks for $1000 © Associated Newspapers Now brides are taking things a step further as they're requesting rare white peacocks for $1000 Weddings are becoming even more opulent and expensive as time goes on, with the average Australian bride now spending between $48,600 and $51,000 on their big day.

And brides are now taking things a step further, with rare white peacocks the new ceremony must-have.

They don't come cheap, however, with the average cost a hefty $1,000.

Just one quick scroll through Instagram shows brides and grooms the world over having photos taken featuring the elegant animals, which are often hired to roam the wedding and reception venues.  

a large white bird standing in front of a house: Although it's understandable to think these peacocks are albino, they are in fact just a genetically mutated version of the Indian blues © Associated Newspapers Limited Although it's understandable to think these peacocks are albino, they are in fact just a genetically mutated version of the Indian blues While many think these peacocks are albino, they are in fact just a genetically mutated version of the more common 'Indian blue' breed.

Kerry, a breeder based in Queensland, told Storyful that a mature white peacock goes for this price due in part to the rarity of them, but also the amount of time it takes them to raise to maturity.

She said that it takes the birds three years to reach full maturity, which is when they earn their full fan of tail feathers. 

a group of palm trees: This peacock mutation used to once only be a mythical creature, but it has now come to life thanks to careful breeding

This peacock mutation used to once only be a mythical creature, but it has now come to life thanks to careful breeding
© Associated Newspapers

The beautiful wedding venue Noorilim Estate in Victoria has its own nine-year-old white peacock that is a fan of showing off his breathtaking feathers to visitors. 

The estate's business manager, Brandon Menzies told Storyful that the peacock, known as Whitey, is a favourite among brides thanks to its very long, white train of feathers, which replicates a wedding dress.

It can often be seen strutting its stuff around the venue and makes a regular appearance on their Instagram account.

a bird standing in front of a brick building: During winter the peacocks lose their trains but grow a fresh set of feathers in time for breeding season in September

During winter the peacocks lose their trains but grow a fresh set of feathers in time for breeding season in September
© Associated Newspapers

A farmer from Victoria, Rosie Hocking, told the ABC that people are paying a lot of money for the white creatures - simply for the novelty value.

'They sit on top of things, they've got their long tails just draping down and look really beautiful,' she said. 

During winter the peacocks lose their trains but grow a fresh set of feathers in time for breeding season in September.

Ms Hocking explained that she often notices the birds admiring their reflections whenever they get the chance.

'They get on top of the car and look at themselves in the mirror,' she said.

'Or they come in on the veranda and look through the glass door to look at themselves. I guess that's where they get the saying "as vain as a peacock".'


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