Approximately two weeks ago, two dead peacocks were found in the Malabar Drive and Rockaway Drive area in Bokeelia.
"They appeared to have been shot," local resident Gary Pierson said. "And someone removed their tail feathers."
A third peacock had its tail feathers removed but was otherwise unharmed.
One of the group of peacocks living on Pine Island.
Peacocks are large, colorful pheasants (typically blue and green) known for their iridescent tails. These tail feathers spread out in a distinctive train that is more than 60 percent of the bird's total body length. The large train is used in mating rituals and courtship displays.
Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of these outrageous feather trains.
The Congo peacock is native to rain forests in Africa, while the green peacock is native to Myanmar and Java. The blue peacock is native to Sri Lanka and India. How they got to Pine Island no one seems to know.
"They've been here a long time and they do make a lot of noise," Pierson said. "We hear them every morning they make a shrieking noise but seem to have a variety of sounds. They wake us up every morning."
"I've been told that these feathers can be worth as much as $5 each," Pierson said. "I guess they took them for the money. The sad thing is that peacocks shed their feathers, there isn't any reason to kill them or even take the feathers."