Peafowl are a non-indigenous species not covered by any UK wildlife protection laws, thus not classed as a wild bird in the UK. I am unsure why this is. They have walked on UK soil for almost two thousand years. That’s longer than the fallow deer, rabbit and the ring necked pheasant.
They are not listed under the Road Traffic Act, so there are no requirements to report traffic accidents involving peafowl.
Because they are not cased has wild birds then it can be viewed they have owners and can be held as domestic pets, and the Police can deal with stolen and lost reports.
As domesticated pets (i.e. under the control of man, not living in their wild state), they are also covered by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 with regard to cruelty.
Section 14 prohibits the release into the wild of animals “not ordinarily resident” or that are not regular visitors to Great Britain and other animals listed on Part I of Schedule 9. These provisions are designed to prevent the establishment of non-native species that may be detrimental to our native wildlife.
The problem with this is that peafowl have not been classed has a non-native species in the UK. For some reason they do not make it on to any list native or other wise.
I have often pointed this out to councils from many parts of the country asking for advise on re homing birds.