A long-standing feral Indian Peafowl population in Oxfordshire, and a brief survey of the species in Britain

Published on 06 June 2019 in Main articles

By Anthony Cheke

Abstract  Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus were brought to Britain by the Romans, and numbers at large in the countryside have fluctuated over time since then. This paper describes the well-established feral population at Nuneham Courtenay, in Oxfordshire, and presents a brief survey of feral birds elsewhere in Britain. It is argued that the Nuneham Courtenay birds, and probably other groups, are self-sustaining and merit consideration for Category C1 or C4 of the British List.

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Male Indian Peafowl, Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire. Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum