Peacocks in Houston

In west Houston, near Hobby Airport, and even as far north as Spring you’ll find wild peacocks.

The blue peacocks are native to India. Some claim they were brought here in the early 1980s, but I’ve found references and photos of peacocks in Houston as far back as 1898. The commanding general at Fort Sam Houston liked peacocks and they could frequently be seen around the quadrangle. Sam Houston specifically requested there be no peacocks brought to his place in the mid 1800s.

Texas monthly in Feb 1975 mentions Vargo’s on Fondren as a place to see “azaleas, a large lake, swans and peacocks”. So perhaps, peacocks and Houston go back a long way?

Much like geese, peacocks can take a dislike to a specific person whom they’ll torment every chance they get. Like geese, they leave a mess in any space they frequent. Mostly they are enjoyed and loved by the locals.

Female peacocks are called peahens and are not as colorful as the males, but they are able to fly better (not having to drag the long tail behind them ). Peafowl refers to both male and female peacocks.