Squawking squatters: Peacocks run afoul in California neighborhood

At least 30 peacocks and peahens are wreaking havoc in a California neighborhood, leaving behind droppings and making loud noises.


Fed up residents are dealing with loud, squawking peafowl that have run afoul of a California neighborhood.

At least 30 peacocks and peahens are wreaking havoc. Neighbors tell sister station KCRA that the brightly colored, iridescent birds are perching on roofs, leaving fecal matter on tops of houses and driveways and damaging property.

"They will definitely make a home, out of your home," resident Terina Lacey said.

To address the issue, the city agreed to split the estimated $30,000 cost with the local homeowners association to safely remove the birds. A contract with the company Bay Area Wildlife Services is being drafted and is expected to be presented to the city council in early December.

KCRA recorded video of almost a dozen peafowl that staked their claim on one of the neighbor's lawn and patio. Their presence has some families thinking twice about staying in the neighborhood.

"Reproducing and causing property damage, stomping on the roofs. I mean that is crazy — sounds like there's people up there," Lacey explained.

"Sometimes they get a little close; they'll charge at you, do a little funny stuff," Corey Marzett, a postal worker told us.

The birds have left in their wake droppings all over and feathers in lawns. On top of the noise, sanitation is an issue.

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Brittany Pasquale, the city's animal services supervisor, said the birds first made their way to the neighborhood when families began to feed them.

"The peafowl originally were at a dairy. The dairy had since closed and this was decades ago," Pasquale said.

Once the contract is signed, the Bay Area Wildlife Service will work to remove them humanely from the city.

Meanwhile, the peacocks and peahens will still nest and fly on top of roofs while neighbors use their own methods to keep the birds away.

"We have clappers, where we run and chase them with these clappers. They don't like loud noise," Lacey explained, while showing us a toy clapper she and her family uses to keep the peafowl at bay.

"We just press this, that right there drives them crazy," Marzett said, as he pressed a button on his scanner that made a loud beeping noise.