Local bucket list bird

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Today I finally spotted some of the peacocks of Rio, Florida. I have read and heard about them since I moved here.

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We were driving on Dixie when I glanced down the road with the awesome name and there they were. U-turn and quick diversion down the dead end street.

(Checking a map it appears we were actually in Jensen Beach here, at the edge of Rio. And in my 5-mile radius, incidentally.)

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Absolutely no fear of the car or the woman hanging out the window with her camera. Curiosity, but no aggression… now that breeding season is over.

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Peacock feathers!

Indian Peafowl are native to India but have been widely introduced to other parts of the world. The birds in Rio are descended from a flock kept by movie star turned philanthropist Frances Langford.

Here’s a local news story from last March: Peacocks ruffle some feathers in Rio, but most say they’re part of town’s charm

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So blue!

Not truly wild birds, but I’m totally counting these feral fellows on my sidebar. Bird #179!

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No need for pink flamingoes on this front lawn. Ornamental peacocks are present.

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Feather eyespots.

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A couple of members of the next generation.

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