ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Peacocks seem to be taking over a neighborhood in Albuquerque's North Valley.
The birds are bright and beautiful but also noisy and intrusive. They are roaming streets, invading yards and even peering in windows.
It's not clear who, if anyone, owns the peacocks that roam the area.
The consensus seems to be that they are wild.
But wild or pets, some neighbors say the birds get in their yards and wake them up at night with all the noise they make.
The peacocks in the neighborhood just north of I-40 near Rio Grande were quiet Tuesday afternoon, but residents say that's not usually the case.
"Sometimes I've yelled out the window, ‘Stop it.' They yell back," said Duane Callahan of the noisy peacocks.
He is a bird lover. Callahan owns a raven, but he says the peacocks that hang around the yard next door are too rowdy for his liking.
"They park themselves in the driveway right outside the house there, right outside the bedroom window, and they just go off and off and off and off," Callahan said.
Officer Sharen Westhoff with Animal Welfare said the city's had 20 calls about roaming peacocks in the near North Valley area since April, eight in one day about the same bird.
"We have had them roaming Cochiti Elementary, at the gas station, near the freeway. We've had them roaming local businesses and up and down the Bosque," Westhoff said.
Animal Welfare officers have captured ten in the past few months.
"We have been out there numerous times trying to catch them, and we have captured a few," Westhoff said. "They've been adopted out, sometimes in the same area, sometimes out into other areas."
"There is one that likes to be a bit of a peeping Tom and look in a particular window," said resident, David Roman. "I think it likes to look at its reflection."
But Roman doesn't mind.
"We see them almost every day and to me it's a wonderful thing," he said. "It's part of the unique character of the North Valley you just can't get anywhere else."
A number of the birds seem to hang out in one yard but the owner of the property insists they're not his.
He does have chickens and he suspects the peacocks are attracted by the chickenfeed.
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