Iowa Man Discovers Bird Native to Asia in Tree Outside His Home
There are a few animals we're used to seeing on a daily basis here in Iowa. Squirrels, robins, sparrows, rabbits, the occasional deer, and maybe even snakes, foxes, or a coyote depending on where you live.
It's not every day that you step out into your front lawn and see a bird not native to our continent chilling in a tree 20 to 30 feet above your head -- let alone in the biggest city in the state.
According to KCCI, Jordan Stenger -- a resident of Des Moines -- had that very thing happen to him this morning when he found a live peacock hanging out in a tree in front of his home. He wasn't even aware of the bird's location until one of his neighbors gave him a call to notify him.
This is what he said about his neighbor finding the bird and what commenced on his property:
She heard a rustling around. She saw it in my backyard. She thought maybe my tree snapped and it was falling. The noise of it getting up there was so loud. Now it's just been sitting up there all day.
He also told KCCI that he did call animal control and is waiting on them to arrive and help the peacock.
As to the origin of the bird, that has yet to be determined.
Clearly, the creature isn't native to Iowa habitats. According to National Geographic, "Peacocks are ground-feeders that eat insects, plants, and small creatures. There are two familiar peacock species. The blue peacock lives in India and Sri Lanka, while the green peacock is found in Java and Myanmar (Burma). A more distinct and little-known species, the Congo peacock, inhabits African rain forests."
It adds this of the creatures: "Peafowl such as the blue peacock have been admired by humans and kept as pets for thousands of years. Selective breeding has created some unusual color combinations, but wild birds are themselves bursting with vibrant hues. They can be testy and do not mix well with other domestic birds."