A NEW neighbour has attracted attention and ruffled a few feathers since moving into a housing estate on the outskirts of Leek.
Just over two weeks ago residents of Clover Grove and Primrose Close, on the Cheddleton Way housing estate at Leekbrook, noticed that a female peacock was in the area.
Now the bird has taken up residence – and is beginning to cause problems by landing on cars.
Estate resident Steph Shaw said: "The female peacock appeared about two weeks ago and seems to have taken up residence in the area.
"Since arriving on the estate the bird has not shown any signs of wanting to leave.
"However, it is now causing problems by getting on top of people's cars, which is causing concern as the paint work could be scratched.
"The bird can also make a very loud noise, and by landing on people's vehicles it has also caused alarms to go off on some occasions."
The RSPCA said that a male peacock had set up residence in Longsdon village more than five years ago – and is still there. A spokesman told the Post & Times: "Feeding them will definitely encourage them to stay in the area as they see it as easy food.
"The only way to deal with them is to chase them off.
"The bird has probably escaped from somewhere.
"They can seem to be tame but catching them can prove very difficult as they can fly very well.
"They can also deal with any kind of weather, even extreme conditions.
"At night they will look to roost 50 feet up a tree away from foxes.
"They can cause damage to property and also make a noise, but some people really like them while others do not."
The term 'peacock' is commonly used to refer to birds of both sexes.
Technically, only males are peacocks. Females are peahens. Collectively they are know as peafowl.
Male peacocks have bright blue heads, flashy plumage, and the long 'train' of feathers that can make the shape of a giant fan. Peahens, by contrast, are relatively drab in appearance.
Peacocks are ground feeders that eat insects, plants, and small creatures.