Differences Between Peacocks and Peahens

Though commonly used to refer to both male and female peafowl, the term "peacock" refers only to the males of the species. As the birds are not native to the Americas, wild peacocks and their female counterparts, peahens, are considered pests due to the increase in their populations.

Identifiable by their green or blue bodies and iridescent trains, peacocks display colorful feathers of blues, reds, and golds, with markings that look like eyes. These striking feathers are used to attract mates and displayed during breeding seasons.

In contrast, peahens have brown bodies with white stomachs and lack the large, vibrant feathers that peacocks are known for. Male peacocks weigh between nine and 13 pounds on average, while female peahens typically range from about six to nine pounds in weight.

Damage from Peafowl

When kept as pets and farm animals, controlled peafowl tend to cause fewer disturbances. However, when wild peafowl invade residential and urban areas, they destroy gardens, yards, and homes.

Peacocks are much more aggressive than peahens. During breeding seasons, males attack other peacocks as well as different species of birds and even pets. The males also have loud mating calls that can annoy residents during the day and night.

Both genders are known to peck at and damage windows and cars, as they see their own reflections as competitors and attack. While searching for food, peafowl dig up gardens and crops in yards. The birds also peck at and break screen doors.

Prevention & Removal

Various prevention methods can help landowners deter peafowl from entering their yards and homes. Sprinklers and scarecrows can be efficient scare tactics, while netting and fencing put over and around gardens can protect the areas. To ensure peacocks and peahens are permanently kept out of homes and yards, seek out the wildlife specialists at Critter Control who are trained in peafowl control and removal.