A bold and boisterous peacock was removed from the entranceway of a Victoria apartment building after bullying residents and delivery people.
Resident Susan Simmons, known in the community for leading marathon swimming group The Spirit Orcas, says the peacock, who she has dubbed simply, ‘Pea,’ took up residence outside the building in mid-March.
Located in the 200-block of Douglas Street, the building is a short strut from the home base of the city’s peafowl, which typically live amongst the foliage of Beacon Hill Park.
But not this peacock.
“He just kind of perched on our fence that follows the pathway,” Simmons said. “He would stand in front of the doors to the building, do his mating dance and attract peahens.”
The noisy bird moved in just after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, forcing those stuck at home or in Zoom meetings to endure his noisy, incessant calls.
“Every time a large vehicle came by he would get mad and call out. He kind of silenced the community by being really loud himself,” Simmons said with a laugh.
But the noise was only half the problem. ‘Pea’ became violent, chasing a FedEx delivery man from the building and preventing the building’s gardener from getting inside. In one of his worst outbursts, Pea swooped down on an elderly resident and injured her hand with his talons.
The audacious peacock was also content to stand in the middle of Douglas Street, halting traffic and in one case, causing a small crash.
'Pea' has officially been removed from a Douglas Street apartment building where had been living for months. This bird attacked a resident, chased a delivery man and even caused a crash. (Video from Susan Simmons) #YYJ #BeaconHillPark pic.twitter.com/LB7Ozc5La8— Nina Grossman (@NinaGrossman) July 6, 2020
“He’s cased a lot of chaos, it’s been interesting to watch,” Simmons said. “He’s definitely got a reputation.”
After the attack of the resident, Victoria Animal Control Services put a band around the bird’s leg and took him to the other side of the park where the peacocks are fed. But within hours, the fearless fowl had returned with a bevy of peahens at his side.
This time Animal Control Services took him away and put him in “solitary confinement” – a temporary solution that will keep the feisty fowl from strutting back to his favourite hangout spot.
Ian Fraser, Victoria’s senior animal control officer, said the peacock’s aggressive behaviour likely has to do with mating. He speculates the bird sees his reflection in the building’s window and perceives a threat.
“He thinks that peacock is moving in on his lady friends,” Fraser said. “He likes to stay there and keep them safe.”
Fraser said the peacocks are prone to wandering, but most don’t settle down outside of the city’s parks.
“Every spring we get complaints about peacocks, they wander out of the park and wander far and wide … usually, they don’t take up residence.”
|'Pea' the peacock had no shortage of admirers during his time living outside a Beacon Hill apartment building. (Courtesy of Susan Simmons)|