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Proud Peacock

The Okanagan Valley is home to a flock of wild peafowl; their domesticated ancestors were released a couple of decades ago. Did you know that peacocks are a type of pheasant?

Hey, you’re new!

No one thought they would survive, but they have done much better than expected and are now well established.

Want to join my harem?

I encountered this one while I was out for a walk. The male approached me while two peahens wandered into a nearby yard.

See, I have the greatest of great tails!

He turned his back to me and started vibrating his feathers, or in other words, he was inviting me to, um, assess him. It was quite the display, but I don’t think I’m ready to become part of the peacock cult.

But I’m so handsome!

Greetings from the peacocks of Okanagan Valley. 🙂

Naramata Peacocks

The Okanakan Valley is more known for wine and fruit than it is for peacocks but surprisingly, they have nevertheless become a part of the ecosystem.

About 20 years ago someone abandoned some pet peafowl to the forest near the village of Naramata. No one thought that in the long run they would survive, and there were attempts to capture them.

But here they are, years later, fitting in well and doing their peacock thing. They’re Canadian now.

It’s a bit odd seeing them strutting around, but odd can be a very interesting thing. 🙂