Peafowl Management

Peafowl Abatement Program Update

June 1, 2020 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have announced an end to the Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) quarantine in Southern California. Extensive testing of the regulated area has been completed, with no additional detections of the disease. This allows poultry to again move freely within California.    The City of San Marino has commenced with the Peafowl Abatement Program and has obtained a vendor for this program.  The program includes the installation of "traps" on private property.  None of the traps will be installed within the public right-of-way.

If you would like to request a peafowl trap for your property, please fill out the online form below and complete and submit the "Access Agreement."


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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