Has the peacock flown to Kennett?

Has the Wests Grove Peacock found a mate and moved to East Marlborough Township? --Photo by Chris Barber

A peacock and its mate, a peafowl, have taken up residence in East Marlborough Township.

The birds were the weekend guests of Tony Stephens of West Locust Lane. The birds got comfortable in Stephens' front yard, where they rummaged for food.

"I stood about three feet from them and fed them peanuts," said Stephens, who is pastor of Still Waters Presbyterian Church in West Grove.

Stephens' neighbor, Mike Allen, also saw the birds and he is convinced they are mates by the way they interacted with each other. A month ago, a peacock was spotted in West Grove, and Allen and Stephens believe it is the same one, but has found a mate.

"They have a really strange sound," Stephens said. "I'd say it's a cross between a honk and a turkey gobble. You should hear them. They're pretty loud."

Stephens said the birds mostly stayed on the ground, but they retreat quickly far up a tree when threatened by dogs running loose.

Peacocks have large, colorful feathers, which are used in mating rituals and courtship displays. Females are believed to choose their mates according to size, quality and color of the huge color trains. Male peacocks, which weight up to 13 pounds, are also the largest flying bird on the planet, when the combined length of its train and wingspan are considered.

The birds survive easily in the wild as they feed on insects, ants, locusts, flower petals, reptiles and rodents.

Stephens said he has enjoyed the way the birds walk around on his lawn. "I'm hoping they stay around here," he said. "I don't want to lose them."

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