Miami is Now Filled With Aggressive Peacocks
Thu, April 22, 2021

Miami is Now Filled With Aggressive Peacocks

 

For Karen Hollihan, a resident of Coconut Grove in Miami for almost 15 years, peacocks are inextricable from the neighborhood’s identity. She believes that the birds are part of the Grove and that they are an icon. She’s thankful for their presence although they tend to bite some of her front door plants. 

“One of the magical moments in Coconut Grove is to encounter peacocks crossing the narrow streets and crisscross the jungle-like scene of this neighborhood. I wake up to the sound of their eerie voices. It’s waking up in a paradise that’s not easy to find in a world of concrete and street lamps,” Hollihan said. 

 

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However, not everyone agrees with Hollihan. For many residents, the peacocks have ruined the peace of the neighborhood. They leave large piles of poop everywhere and scratch on cars. The residents also complained about the aggressive late-night squawking of the birds. Some are tired of them traipsing through their gardens or eating plants. Nancy Benovaich, president of the neighborhood association, stated that peacocks have started spreading into other areas of the city. 

 

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“I got to the point where I recorded the squawking and the screaming and I put it on someone’s answering service. And they said ‘my god, I can't believe this.’ And I said imagine it at 4 o’clock in the morning,” she added.

 

Photo Credits: All That's Interesting

 

To address this problem, the city commissioners have voted to relocate some of the birds. According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, they are now allowing the trapping and removal of “excess” peacocks to address the routine property damage caused by the birds.

“When it came to property damage that’s when I knew we had to take some kind of action here to regulate,” Commissioner Ken Russell said. 

 

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