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Where did the Peacocks in Palos Verdes come from?

Francine A. Bradley, Ph.D. UC Davis, in a report to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes on managing peafowl on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, states that the original peacock colony on the Palos Verdes Peninsula was a gift of 16 birds from the daughter of William Wrigley, Jr. to Frank Vanderlip, the original founder of the Palos Verdes Project in the mid 1920's, from Mr. Wrigley's aviary on Catalina Island. These birds were maintained at the Vanderlip Estate in Portuguese Bend. It is suspected that some of the birds were introduced to Palos Verdes Estates by former mayor Fred Roessler sometime in the period from 1960-65. There are now numberous colonies in Rancho Palos Verdes in the Crestridge, Vista Grande, and the Portuguese Bend areas, as well as in the Lunada Bay and Malaga Cove areas of Palos Verdes Estates.


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Comment balloon 5 commentsMaureen Megowan • July 13 2008 09:15PM


That's interesting - they sure do make a strange noise don't they?

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

That's amazing to see them in the trees. My bother in Glendale, has a neighbor with 2 peacoks that roam the yard. They are loud!

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) over 10 years ago

I didn't know they could climb trees.. I want to own a peacock one day!

Posted by Benny mckee (Greenway Financial) over 10 years ago

I lived in SoCal from 1960 to 1995 and frequently visited friends in PV.  My first encounter with a peacock was being awakened from a dead sleep at about 2 a.m. by the most unearthly scream.  I shot out of bed and grabbed my friend, quaking, "Liz!  Call the police!  Someone's being murdered!!!"  She barely cracked open an eye.  "Peacocks," she mumbled and fell straight back asleep.

I eventually became accustomed to the noise... but I always wondered if someone hadn't hidden a real murder amongst the peacock cries.  (Okay; I read to many mysteries.)

Thank you for the memories--and the facts behind the fowl!

Posted by Catherine over 9 years ago

I find myself blessed to be among those that live amongst the peacocks in Palos Verdes.  I just moved here six weeks ago.  I was told I may hear the occassional sound of a peacock.  Yes, it does sound a bit like someone being murdered, I get the analogy.  However, I find that I loved the sound upon first hearing it and have continued to enjoy it daily.  I went for a walk to Malaga Cove and the Library this past weekend.  There, in all it's splendor, I saw my first peacock!  He was beautiful and so grand.

Thank you for the information on how the peacock came to be here in Palos Verdes.  I will enjoy sharing it, along with the sounds and the sitings, with those that come to visit.

Posted by Astrid Hagen almost 9 years ago

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