Just had to respond to your inquiry on June 29 regarding the occurrence of peacocks and turkeys together in the Bay Area.
We live in a suburban area of Antioch, but have the good fortune of having a large backyard full of trees and assorted wildlife. For the past 3 years a peacock has “adopted” our neighborhood. “Peter” or “Petey” can be spotted on a regular basis roaming the streets, screeching from rooftops, or perching himself on nearby fences. He has become quite an attraction around here and we often spot folks stopping their cars to snap photos of his showy plumage.
One morning, my husband and I were out in the backyard and spotted Peter on top of our neighbor’s rooftop alongside a couple of hen turkeys! (see the attached photo above).
He hung around the ladies most of the day, but ended up moving on into another yard (leaving the hens behind). Guess they weren’t his cup of tea? Anyway, we just had to let you know that our Peter seemed interested in communing with our resident turkeys, not that it was a match made in heaven!
We love our suburban wildlife!
Valerie Gillan, Antioch, California
You are not the first person to respond to my request for information about peacocks and wild turkeys being spotted together. Apparently it’s pretty common for both these big bird species to roam around together in flocks. I guess it’s not really surprising when you think about it.
Can they actually breed together? Time will tell, although I doubt it. What would we call them? Peakeys? Turcocks? /Gary