The unofficial site for uwa's peafowl family
While people use the term "peacocks" broadly when talking about all of them, that name only applies to the males. Females are called peahens and their young are called peachicks.
In 1975, Sir Laurence Brodie-Hall, a mining magnate in Western Australia, donated a small flock of peafowl to the university. Two peacocks and three peahens were intended to roam Whitfield Court, the manicured lawn in front of Winthrop Hall and the Reflection Pond. However, things did not go according to plan. One of the males was hit by a car and two of the hens disappeared. Finally the remaining two, a mated pair, made their way to the Arts Building and discovered at its heart the New Fortune Theatre. With gardens to forage in, numerous places to roost and plenty of shade in the summer, the love birds settled down and there they have stayed.
This site is run by a UWA staff member and previous peafowl caretaker. Whilst not an official UWA subsite, all information about the campus birds is accurate. The scheme for this site was chosen to fit in with the university's colour association of Arts since the birds live at that building. Arts is represented by purple.