Meet Our Birds
Handsome Alistair is now our senior male. He puts on most of the displays and his preferred areas are the front of the theatre and the first floor walkway. He is a lovely, shy boy and is the most gentle of the flock when taking food from your hand. If too many people in the corridors are making a lot of noise, he gets a bit upset and lets out the "danger!" cry which generally sets off the others. He knew his place was lower in the hierarchy than Eddy so when Eddy was out feeding, Al made himself scarce. Alistair was a bit in love with Alex so he was pretty mopey after she died but Penny seems to have cheered him up!
Pretty Penny is the newest addition to the UWA peafowl family. She appeared in a suburban backyard and no owner could be found, so we adopted her. She isn't very old, only a couple of years at most, and she's a very sociable girl. She spent a month living on a caretaker's verandah due to the lack of a cage on campus and made many attempts to get inside the house. She also figured out which door the food provider appeared at (there were four doors) and would head there as soon as she saw someone appear at the kitchen window. If the food was not forthcoming, Penny would then jump up onto the washing machine to give whomever was at the window the "peahen eye" which, to be fair, is a very pretty eye. Time was ticking by and she needed to be moved onto campus but there was still no cage, so as a compromise we closed the wrought iron gates which enclose the New Fortune Theatre, delivered Penny to campus and hoped for the best. She surprised us all and made no effort to leave! As far as we can tell, once she saw that she had new friends, gardens to forage in, plenty of food and some nice, high roosting areas, she figured that this place would do nicely. Penny loves green grapes and lettuce leaves.
Vern is still viewed as the baby of the flock, despite probably being older than Penny! He is around three years old and even though he is now of breeding age, he hasn't figured this out yet, so he still follows Penny around (like a baby) and occasionally he displays his tail but he's not sure why. Eddy used to get upset that this younger man was hanging around the women so he'd chase him around the building and Vern would end up on the roof. If Vern gets really upset, he leaves campus altogether and we receive phone calls from people to say that there is a peacock staring at them from the window sill, so off we traipse to bring him home. He complains a bit but he settles down after he has some food.