NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Peafowl are an uncommon sight for many New Orleanians.
However, in Gentilly to Leonidas, sightings are relatively common. But where did they come from?
They didn't escape from the zoo. The peafowl are pets that are wandering the streets of New Orleans. It's legal to own a peafowl in Orleans Parish.
One of the birds makes his home in the Leonidas neighborhood. A recent encounter occurred on Hickory Street, just a few blocks off of Carrollton Ave. YouTube user Jaid Jacobsen posted a video of the encounter.
Another peacock calls the Gentilly neighborhood home. He's been known to wander Paris Ave. and has been spotted by viewers along Gentilly Blvd. near Popeyes Chicken.
Peafowl are free range birds and have a tendency to roam, according to Nelson Road Veterinary Clinic. However, the birds tend to stick around home if they are well-fed.