I've seen many combinations of patterns, but have never seen peafowl carrying two colors (such as "purple midnight" or "opal bronze"). I think a possible exception is peach which, from what I've read, seems to have occurred from a purple-cameo background, and possibly is the result of a crossover, so that "peach" is really "purple-cameo." Has anyone ever seen a peafowl homozygous for two colors? I emailed a breeder I found on the web who concentrates on breeding high-percentage spaldings in various combinations, and am including the (lengthy) text from that below. Thanks in advance for any information. ~Christopher I've been fascinated with peafowl for years, but I've never lived where I can keep them (I'm from NYC and in Buffalo only for school). I've seen breeders combine the patterns with a color, but have yet to see two colors combined. From descriptions on the origin of the Peach color, I'm thinking that breeding the Cameo and Purple resulted in a crossover, since both mutations are sex-linked and thus contained on the same chromosome (the Z chromosome). Though no one has stated this emphatically, it is what I suppose happened. A test breeding could determine this. Pairing a Peach male with a Purple female would result in male offspring inheriting one Z chromosome from Dad (with "Peach" on it) and one Z chromosome from Mom (with "Purple" on it). If these males grow to be Purple, then one of two things would have happened: 1) Purple is dominant to Peach, or 2) "Peach" results from the interaction of Purple and Cameo, and the males inherit two copies of Purple (one from Mom and one from Dad, if "Peach" is a combination phenotype) thus show the Purple phenotype. They would then be split for Cameo, if "Peach is truly resulting from the combination of these two colors. Having a Peach male paired with a Cameo female would answer which of the two possibilities is true, since if males are all Cameo then we know that Purple is not dominant over Cameo, and we can conclude that "Peach" is really "Purple-Cameo." Why am I bringing this up? Well, combining two colors whose genes are located on the same chromosome is much more difficult than combining two colors whose genes are located on DIFFERENT chromosomes. The reason is that for both genes to combine on one chromosome, there must be a crossover event so that a piece of one Z chromosome is switched with a piece at the same location on the other Z chromosome. This could only happen in a male (females are ZW, so they have only one Z), and for the mutations to swap so both are on the same chromosome instead of one on each, the male would have to be split for both. A specific crossover such as this would be a rare event. However, if we see that this combination results in a significantly different color phenotype, why not try combining other colors which can happen without a rare crossover event? Purple and Cameo are both sex-linked colors, and the other colors (except Peach) are not. This automatically tells us that we can combine Cameo or Purple with any of the others very easily. Let me use a combination of Purple and Midnight (you can substitute Cameo for Purple and/or substitute any other color for Midnight). To make identification easier, let's say we are starting with regular India Blue's (not Black Shoulder, which might make identification of hens difficult). If you breed a Purple male and a Midnight female, the offspring will be Blue males split to Purple and Midnight, and Purple females split to Midnight. If you started with more than one pair and bred the F1 offspring from each together (to avoid inbreeding), you will get: 1/16 Purple Midnight Male 2/16 Purple Male split Midnight 1/16 Purple Male 1/16 Midnight Male split Purple 2/16 Blue Male split Purple and Midnight 1/16 Blue Male split Purple 1/16 Purple Midnight Female 2/16 Purple split Midnight Female 1/16 Purple Female 1/16 Midnight Female 2/16 Blue Female Split Midnight 1/16 Blue Female These are offspring probabilities according to a Punnet Square. Note that ALL males produced from this crossing will be split to Purple, including the visual Midnight males. If these Midnight split Purple males are bred to unrelated Midnight females, you will get two kinds of females: half will be Midnight, and half will be Midnight Purple. Their brothers would be Midnight 50% chance split Purple. What to do with the Purple Males from the previous cross? 2/3 of the Purple males will be split to Midnight, but you won't be able to tell which. Well, if you repeat the original cross of Purple Male to (new unrelated) Midnight Female, but use these "Purple 2/3 possible split Midnight" Males, you will either be repeating your original first cross, or have a 2/3 shot of being a step ahead of the game by possibly getting some Purple Midnight Females. I know this sounds like something which will take years to accomplish, but from the websites I've visited, I have yet to see anyone offering birds listed as "visual Purple Midnight" or other such combination (I'm not including one or more patterns combined with one color, such as "Purple Silver Pied Blackshoulder"). If you were to accomplish this, you may have a unique new phenotype, which, if attractive, would command a premium price. Once you have a small population breeding in India Blue, you can experiment further by introducing Blackshoulder or breeding a new color into Spaldings. I'm in no position to start a project like this myself, but having read through your website, I think you're the type of person who might enjoy the challenge. Let me know what your thoughts are on this, and if you know of any pics of peafowl carrying more than one color "visually" (meaning not split).