BURLINGAME (CBS SF) – San Mateo County’s Peninsula Humane Society is looking for bird lovers willing to take in domesticated peacocks, two at a time.

“We currently have two pairs of beautiful peacocks at our shelter waiting for a new home,” said spokeswoman Buffy Martin Tarbox. “Peafowl make excellent pets for people who live in rural areas and have the space the birds need to thrive.”

The birds need a specialized habitat for shelter and protection from predators, and about 80 square feet of open space per bird.

They provide pest control by eating insects, slugs, frogs and lizards, but they also should be fed mixed grains with vegetables and fruit.

One of the peacocks up for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society in Burlingame. (Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA)

One of the peacocks up for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society in Burlingame. (Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA)

“We are specifically seeking adopters with previous peafowl experience, (who) will be able to provide the birds with the amount of space they require, and are committed to providing them the appropriate food, access to clean water and shelter,” Tarbox said.

Shelter officials say the birds were surrendered by the previous owner, who was no longer able to care for them.

For more information call (650) 340-7022.

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