Another peacock killed by a car on a ‘dangerous’ Narrabundah street

James Coleman 20 October 2021 44
Narrabundah peacocks

A peahen and peachicks at home in a backyard at Narrabundah. Photo: Supplied.

WARNING: This story may distress some readers.

‘Pindar’ the peacock is the latest to be struck by a car on Finniss Crescent in Narrabundah and left for dead. The local community says enough is enough and are lobbying the government to ensure he didn’t die in vain.

Convenor of the Save the Narrabundah Peafowl Community, Timothy DeWan, likens Pindar to the ‘canary in the coal mine’, drawing attention to dangerous and inadequate roads in the area.

“We had another victim of speed and traffic congestion, where a bird the size of a five-year-old child was knocked over and left by the side of the road. And again, the government is doing nothing. Again, promises are made and there is no follow-up. We’re getting frustrated,” Mr DeWan said.

Pindar was struck on Monday (18 October) and is the sixth wild peacock killed by traffic in the last 12 months. Mr DeWan says that at the rate they’re going, the local population of 20-odd will be gone in a few years.

Their concern is for the peafowl and what it means for the children and elderly in the area.

“We have a lot of young children here and they can’t even cross the road without the risk of being run over. The elderly citizens who are in a number of places around here could also be in danger.”


‘Pindar’ was struck by a car and on Monday (18 October). Photo: Timothy DeWan.

The peafowl have wandered the streets and gardens of Narrabundah and Canberra’s north for over 30 years. The exact origin of the introduced species remains a mystery. The most common theories are that they either escaped from an embassy or a private zoo along Mugga Lane.

“It’s been suggested that the first peacock, named Henry, came across from that private zoo,” Mr DeWan says. “He was very lonely at first until a peahen came onto the scene and there must have been some love that night because a couple of months later, there were chicks.”

Henry was killed sometime later when a car mounted a kerb and struck him.

“Peafowl being killed by cars is not a new thing. We can only hope it’s not deliberate.”

Most of the collisions occur on the two major roads of La Perouse and Carnegie Crescent, near the local primary school.


Two peacocks in the backyard. Photo: Timothy DeWan.

Mr DeWan and other members of the Save the Narrabundah Peafowl group met with Transport Minister Chris Steel in March this year. Minister Steel said that a review of the situation would be undertaken.

Mr DeWan says it was then “nothing, nothing, nothing” until a few months later when a letter arrived confirming the review.

“Still nothing. It’s just been deadly quiet.”

Four signs were placed around the area back in 2019 warning of wildlife and Mr DeWan says the community is very grateful for these, but it isn’t enough.

The group would specifically like to see the speed limit in the area lowered to 40 km/h and some road markings and installations to slow drivers down.

“The point we’re trying to make is that these roads were designed in the 1950s and ’60s when Canberra was much smaller. We now have so many more people using these roads and the congestion levels and speed are much higher. It’s ridiculous some of the speeds we see, particularly on Carnegie Crescent.”

Peacock feathers

What doormats look like in Narrabundah. Photo: Timothy DeWan.

Mr DeWan says the birds are beautiful but also large and ungainly and are “just being taken out” because of this.

“We’re seeing the inner north and inner south of Canberra built up and built up with more and more new apartments, but the government is not putting money into the infrastructure. The impact on the roads and transport is not being addressed.

“We just really want the government to talk to us. We need to see action.”

A spokesperson for the ACT Government says they have commissioned a pedestrian safety study for La Perouse Street and Carnegie Crescent. A final draft is expected by the end of October.

“The study will investigate ways to prioritise safety for traffic, pedestrians and peafowl.”

The report was delayed due to the pandemic and conducted when there was less traffic on the roads. There are concerns the outcomes of any study conducted in recent months may not be representative of normal traffic conditions.

“The findings will be discussed with the Narrabundah community in coming weeks once the contents and recommended treatments have been considered,” the government spokesperson said.

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44 Responses to Another peacock killed by a car on a ‘dangerous’ Narrabundah street
David Worboys David Worboys 10:44 pm 23 Oct 21

As new comers to the suburb it was great to see these birds at first. But after seeing the number of near misses with car accidents and the damage the birds are doing pooing everywhere they need to go. Relocate them to the wild at the very least, they aren’t native and need to go.

Paul0075 Paul0075 10:55 am 22 Oct 21

I don’t understand why we’re protecting an introduced species. Yes they’re lovely to look at and certainly don’t deserve to be flattened by a vehicle, but we should be working towards reducing their numbers, and looking at ways to improve native species in the area instead.

franky22 franky22 10:12 am 22 Oct 21

No love for peacocks here. Get rid of the mongrels. What next ? Maybe save the rabbits or the cane toad preservation society.

Michael Roy Michael Roy 6:53 am 22 Oct 21

Should be used as a first trial for residential zone 30km/h zones with appropriate changes to the road environment such as slow ways, lane narrowing, additional trees and landscaping. Everyone benefits from slower cars, less noise, safer spaces, less crashes, less injuries, makes active travel more attractive.

    Quoc Tran Quoc Tran 6:48 pm 22 Oct 21

    Michael Roy any slower you might as well run up that hill mate

    Michael Roy Michael Roy 9:09 pm 22 Oct 21

    Do some research on it, deaths and injury drop so dramatically when 30km/h is implemented. And why should we sacrifice lives and liveability so people can drive faster. Take time slow down make things safer and more liveable.

Sally Greenaway Sally Greenaway 11:03 pm 21 Oct 21

Change the speed limit down to 40 and put point to point cameras on the worst stretches. Maybe an extreme response like this is needed to be trialled for 12 months

Tanya Ghenossis Tanya Ghenossis 10:12 pm 21 Oct 21

20 odd? At least double that.

Darren Bryant Darren Bryant 8:45 pm 21 Oct 21

This is so Bundah

Onelia Herriot Onelia Herriot 7:48 pm 21 Oct 21

Short of putting big fences along teh side of the road or stopping any car using teh road, how do you stop this from happening?

Maddie Ten Maddie Ten 7:45 pm 21 Oct 21

More people reacted to this than homelessness

Phil Ebbott Phil Ebbott 7:17 pm 21 Oct 21

If by "wild", you mean feral...

    Larry Larkin Larry Larkin 8:50 pm 21 Oct 21

    Introduced species. Yes, they're pretty, but........................

Doug Jackson Doug Jackson 6:36 pm 21 Oct 21

Peacocks on the street. WOW - remove them - they are a danger to the community.

Ryan Hardy Ryan Hardy 5:44 pm 21 Oct 21

They ain't native. Capture them and take to the zoo or somewhere safe

Topher Garlik Topher Garlik 5:31 pm 21 Oct 21

Many here say they need to be protected, I say get the lolly pop man out or woman and guide them safe passage 🦚 🚙

Maryam Soomro Maryam Soomro 4:42 pm 21 Oct 21

Rabeea Soomro Nasreen Obaid disaster strikes in the ACT

Julian Rowe Julian Rowe 4:37 pm 21 Oct 21

I miss the peacocks that used to hang around the sundown hotel

Daisy Chain Daisy Chain 3:31 pm 21 Oct 21

We know the peacocks are there. Be aware & SLOW DOWN a bit. What’s the hurry? It may be a child in your way next time 🙁

    Niki Al Niki Al 4:00 pm 21 Oct 21

    Daisy Chain how would we know peacocks are there? People have the right to drive to the speed limit posted. There could be anything on any road are we meant to drive slower than the posted speed limit everywhere?

    Kytie Mclign Kytie Mclign 4:34 pm 21 Oct 21

    Niki Al You can't complain about them AND claim to not know they are there. Just drive to the conditions?

Mutta Deng Mutta Deng 3:22 pm 21 Oct 21

Brendan I knew they were wild !

Penny Hemsworth Penny Hemsworth 2:55 pm 21 Oct 21

More speed bumps

Shayne Borger Shayne Borger 2:42 pm 21 Oct 21

Its unfortunate but these birds 🐦 are on a roadway. They need to be protected from coming onto the is a residential roadway

Tim White Tim White 2:41 pm 21 Oct 21

If you know the area, it's not that hard to see why, there's school zone and traffic islands on the street so there isn't much else that can done with in reason besides relocation

    Kytie Mclign Kytie Mclign 4:33 pm 21 Oct 21

    Tim White The crashes are not happening at slow speed.

    Tim White Tim White 6:41 pm 21 Oct 21

    There is a blind corner where they also like to hang out and it's a 50km zone and I wouldn't to go that fast through that particular road anyway. So like I said, there's not much that can be done about it short of something ludicrously drastic like wildlife fences but that simply cannot happen given the location

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