Introduced Peacocks in Urban Landscapes
Mentors: Drs. Elizabeth Anderson and Chris Baraloto
Peacocks are a common feature of the landscape in many areas of Miami and are particularly prevalent in neighborhoods around Coconut Grove. But anecdotal information suggests that residents of Coconut Grove are divided over their presence. Some residents are fond of the peacocks, feeding them and enjoying their presence around their homes. Other residents claim peacocks are a nuisance that create traffic jams, destroy plants and property, and cause waste and noise pollution. Using The Kampong as a base, this study will estimate current and historical populations of peacocks in Coconut Grove, create a timeline of introduction and population trends, and examine social perceptions of peacocks among residents of the neighborhood.