The burgeoning peacock population is ruffling a few feathers in the Outback NT town of Elliot … and the ‘too-much-of-a-good-thing’ problem has sparked an innovative solution.
The NT News reports that Barkly Regional Council has announced an adopt-a-peacock program to minimise the number of the ‘beautiful-but-big’ birds roaming around the tiny town located halfway between Darwin and Alice Springs.
Mayor Jeff McLaughlin told the newspaper that a peacock could make a fabulous addition to any home or business as they not only ‘look great’, but were ‘also a really effective guard animal’.
While grey nomads and other tourists might enjoy the novelty of seeing the stunning peafowl strutting their stuff, the birds apparently do have a dark side.
Mr McLaughlin warned they could be ‘aggressive to people’, ‘make a terrible mess’ and ‘sound like they’re screaming’.
“There’s been a huge spike in their numbers and the town is growing concerned that they’re getting out of control,” Mr McLaughlin told the NT News. “We need a managed way of reducing their numbers by separating the males from females, but it’s something we have to manage sensitively.”
According 2021 census data, Elliot about has a population of 287 … and Mr McLaughlin estimated there was one peacock for every person in the town.
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