Peafowl Management

Peafowl Abatement Program Update

In April 2019, the City suspended the Peafowl Abatement program due to a Poultry Quarantine issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).  The CDFA has found a disease known as Newcastle disease (VND) in poultry (birds).  VND is a nearly-always-fatal respiratory infection in poultry. Birds may seem healthy but will die within days of being infected. There is no cure. The virus is also transmitted by people who have VND on their clothes or shoes and by equipment or vehicles that can transport the disease from place to place.  To humans with close contact with infected birds may see signs of conjunctivitis.  As a result, the CDFA has issued a mandatory quarantine of poultry in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  The quarantine mandates the reporting of sick birds and prohibits poultry owners from moving birds in all of Los Angeles County and in large areas of San Bernardino and Riverside counties of California.  Pursuant to the CDFA definition of poultry, peafowl or peacocks are birds that are included in the quarantine.   As of the last CDFA update on February 20, 2020, the quarantine is still in effect.  As a result of the quarantine, the San Marino Peafowl Abatement program will continue to be suspended until further notice by the CDFA.

When the quarantine is lifted by the CDFA, the City will update this webpage and commence the abatement program.  If you would like to be added to an interest list for future consideration into the program, please e-mail me directly at

Key Facts about Peafowl

Peacocks/peafowl have been observed in several neighborhoods in San Marino which has quickly become a preferred location for them to live.  Peafowl were introduced in the City of Arcadia back in the late 1800’s and have become part of their community.   Since then, peafowl have been seen in many neighboring communities as well as more distant communities including Palos Verdes.   The City of San Marino contracts with the Pasadena Humane Society for animal control services but they will not assist with the removal or relocation of peafowl since they are considered wildlife.  However, if you see an injured peafowl, please call the Pasadena Humane Society at (626) 792-7151.  Here are some precautions and best management practices for dealing with Peacocks/Peafowl:

  • Peafowl are afraid of dogs.
  • Peafowl dislike water.
  • Peafowl will avoid repellents, such as certain Bird-X products. 
  • Trim overhanging large trees.
  • Be cautious when composting as peafowl are attracted to compost.  Keep compost bins covered. 
  • Peafowl like to eat wild birdseed, bread and pet food.  Keep pet food indoors or remove immediately after your pet has eaten. 
  • Peafowl like to eat seeds and plants.  See below for plants you can use in your garden to deter peafowl.
Peafowl dislike these plants: Agapanthus, Azalea, Baby’s Breath, Bee Balm, Bird of Paradise, Blazing Star Liatris, Bouganvillea Butterfly Plant, Cactus, Camellia, Cannas, Clivia, Columbine, Coneflower, Ferns, Fuchsia, Gaillardia, Gardenia, Geranium. Giant Columbine, Gladiola, Gloriosa Daisy, Hen &Chicken, Hibiscus, Hardy Lavender, Hostas, Iris, Ivy, Lantana, Lavender, Marigold, Mint, Mum,Oleander, Painted Daisy, Periwinkle, Peonies, Phlox, Pink Lady, Plumbago, Poinsettia, Pyracantha, Rhododendron, Rose, Shasta Daisy, Snap Dragon, Sunburst Coreopsis, Weigela

Peafowl love these plants: Amaryllis, Begonia, Broccoli, Brussel Sprout, Cabbage, California Poppy, Cauliflower, Chive, Holly Berries, Impatiens, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Nasturtium, Pansy, Petunia, Primrose, Stock, Stock Cauliflower, Sweet Alyssum, Tomato, Water Stock, Young Spinach and any young plants

Below is a link to certain California laws protecting wildlife, including peafowl:

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