As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Murder most fowl in a leafy inner suburb

Doris, the all white peahen.Suburbia can be pitiless and today we have to report the sad news of the violent death in Narrabundah of the most famous of our city's suburban peahens. The all-white bird was last mentioned in this peacock-appreciative column (with this photograph) in March.

Meanwhile, in happier news, as Canberra loses one famous fowl it gains another in the form of a painted portrait of Robert, a kind of Phar Lap of poultry, just acquired by the National Museum of Australia. More of the immortalised Robert in a moment.

But for now, back to the deceased peahen. ''This morning peering out the window,'' our distressed Narrabundah correspondent reports, ''we discovered to our horror that the famous white Narrabundah peacock - attracting special attention in the neighbourhood because of its rarity - was lying [mangled] on our lawn.''

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