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.

Wednesday 15 April 2015

Damage to cars on Devon estate reflects badly on jealous peacocks

Locals in Clyst St Mary are complaining about feral peacocks that have been attacking cars after mistaking their own images for mating-season rivals

Steven Morris and agency

Tuesday 14 April 2015 16.00 BSTLast modified on Wednesday 15 April 201500.20 BST

A pride of feral peacocks is causing havoc by attacking their own reflections in the bodywork of cars parked too close to their territory around a West Country estate.

Apparently mistaking their own images for encroaching love rivals, the birds of Clyst St Mary, Devon, are causing thousands of pounds of damage by clawing away at vehicles.

The birds are believed to have roamed wild around the Bishops Court estate in Devon for years but people who live and work nearby say they have become bolder and more aggressive.

Drivers say their vehicles have been left covered in scratches almost every day since spring sprung and the birds became agitated and frisky.

Penny Hill, a manager based on a business estate close to Bishops Court, said her car had been repeatedly attacked. She said: “The peafowl roam around the area, which were presumably introduced at some point in the past.

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