Exotic peacocks can be seen wandering about the grounds of central Austin Texas. The peafowl living at Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve are descendants of the original pair of peafowl given as a Christmas gift to the Mayfield’s in 1935.
In the springtime visitors to Mayfield Park are often greeted by the peacocks fanning their tail feathers and strutting their stuff in order to attract the females.
The female peafowls are less flamboyant than the males. Both peacocks and peahens can fly short distances and are often seen resting in the trees or on top of the cottage at Mayfield Park.
The garden area is often rented out for weddings and other social events with the peacocks making for terrific photo opportunities.
The peacocks wander all around the entire grounds of Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve. During mating season the peacocks can be heard from blocks away when they let out a loud hoot to attract the females. Apparently many of the calls are ‘fake sex sounds’ according to a recent article by BBC Nature News.
The peacocks lose their tail feather in the summer months but we get to enjoy the gorgeous plumage during the springtime.
The peacocks are very tame since they were hatched and raised at Mayfield Park and are used to people wandering around.
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Address: 3801 W 35th St, Austin, TX
Phone Number: +1-(512)-974-6700
Hours: daily 5AM – 10PM
Admission Cost (as of July 2015): FREE
How to Get There: Bus #21 from downtown Austin