The peacock, or peafowl, is a bird in the pheasant family known for its beautiful tail. What most people don't know is that only males have these tales. Females of the species, called peahen, have a grey or brown tail. Peacocks live in captivity and in the wild. With urban sprawl rapidly creeping into areas that used to be rural, it isn't uncommon to run across wild peacocks. If you have wild peacocks on your property, capturing them may be your only option. Once captured, you can turn them over to a wildlife conservation organisation or animal control.
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Set up several traps in and around your garden or yard. Erect a plastic cage, leaving the cage door open and place a saucer of worms inside to lure the bird. Once the bird is inside, snap the trap door shut.
Wait until the bird lays down to rest somewhere on your property, then trap it using a heavy plastic net. The bird will likely struggle for a while, but will eventually entangle itself in the net.
Contact a local animal control agency or animal rescue group if the peacock continues to elude you. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a presence in most major metropolitan areas. If none of these groups are able to capture the bird for you, they should be able to direct you to someone who can.
Call a peafowl breeder in your area. The list in the Resources section is a good place to start. Some breeders may be willing to take the bird off your hands for a nominal fee.
Tips and warnings
- Wild peacocks carry infectious diseases, ranging from Histomoniasis to Staphylococcus, some of which can be easily contracted from infected birds.
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