Ventura County Animal Services has received numerous concerns about Peafowl within several Ventura County communities. Ventura County Animal Services does not catch or impound healthy peafowl. To better understand these birds, we have provided some information on Peafowl and have included some helpful tips to deter them from coming onto properties. We hope that these tips and facts will help residents from being harassed by these birds.
Native to India, Burma, Java, Ceylon, Malaya and Congo, peafowl are relatives to pheasants. The difference is in the plumage. The term “peafowl” refers to the species with the males called peacocks;
the females are called peahens and offspring under the age of one year are called peachicks. Peafowl are very hardy birds and live long lives. Peafowl can grow to a maximum of 10 pounds and can live up to 15 years in captivity, however the life expectancy in the wild is difficult to determine. They are omnivorous, obtaining most of their food with their feet. They come in a variety of colors including blue, green, light brown and purple. The India Blue peafowl is the most common in this area and the one with which people are most familiar. Peafowl are usually found in small groups consisting of one male and several females. The male attracts the attention of peahens by fanning its elegant upper tail coverts (the feathers that cover the bird’s tail, not the actual tail) over its back. The male’s tail train will lengthen and get fuller over the first two to three years and will have reached consistent length and quality at five to six years old. The peacock will molt the tail in late summer signifying the end of the breeding season. Peafowl reach breeding age at two years. Peahens usually lay clutches of three to 10 eggs in a season, starting in April. The incubation time for peachicks is 28 - 30 days.
What To Do If?
A peacock flies into my yard...
Generally peafowl will not attack or harm adults, children or animals. Try using some of the tips below to discourage peafowl from entering your property in the future.
Peacocks continually return to my property...
The best thing to do to deter peacocks from returning to your property is to remove food sources. Peacocks love birdseed, dog and cat food, compost, as well as a variety of plants and flowers. By removing pet food once it is consumed, covering your compost bins and exchanging plants that peacocks find desirable with plants that they find distasteful, you should be able to reduce the presence of peacocks on your property.
Helpful tips for deterring Peafowl from coming into your yard:
- Bird Netting
- Bird Spikes on fence
- Visual deterrents that mimic large, natural predators
- Sonic & ultrasonic technology (larger properties)
- Plant garden plants that Peafowl don’t like to eat
- Hose them with water
- Install motion detected sprinklers
- Make lots of noise using air horn
- Let your family dog patrol the backyard
- Bird balloons in the trees
I see an injured peacock?
Stay within sight of the peafowl and immediately call Ventura County Animal Services at (805) 388-4341. Make sure to tell them the bird’s location and condition. We will pick-up and care for the injured animal.
If you would like to read more about wild animals, please visit www.vcas.us/Programs-Services/Wildlife. Thank you!