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A royal introduction Peafowl

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Peafowl are large birds which spend most of their time on foot, although they can fly when necessary. They have a loud, trumpeting scream-like call.

Peafowl were introduced to Rottnest in 1912. Pre-1990 a large population of peafowl could be found on the eastern tip of the Island around the settlement areas. They were particularly common near Kingstown Barracks as the Army staff used to feed them.

In late 1992 and 1993 the Rottnest Island Authority started a campaign to remove the Peafowl from the Island as they were becoming a pest.

The Island keeps a population of up to five as they are considered to be of significant value to Rottnest’s heritage and visitors. Rottnest Island welcomed two juvenile male Peafowl (known as Peacocks) to the Kingstown precinct. They were placed in quarantine to protect the local wildlife and were released into the wild in September 2015.

Where you can find a Peafowl

Conservation Status

Not listed under IUCN (2016). All Rottnest Island’s fauna is protected under the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest healthy

  • Do Not approach the Island's peacocks
  • Do Not feed the Island's wildlife
  • Do ride carefully on the Island
  • Do enjoy watching them on their own terms

Want to know more?

Download the Peafowl fact file!

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