Elusive peacock belongs to John Bowne HS

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The peacock perched on a Kew Gardens Hill roof Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Christina Santucci
The peacock munches on a strawberry Photo by Yinghao Luo
The bird is spotted on the first-floor roof of a Kew Gardens Home. Photo by Yinghao Luo
The bird peaks over the roof to check on its admirers below. Photo by Christina Santucci
The peacock grooms itself. Photo by Christina Santucci
Standing on a roof, it appears to stare at its reflection. Photo by Christina Santucci
The peacock keeps an eye on John Bowne personnel and photographers on the ground below. Photo by Christina Santucci
The peacock's reflection appears to have caught its eye. Photo by Christina Santucci
The bird takes a break from grooming itself. Photo by Christina Santucci
The bird belongs to John Bowne High School. Photo by Yinghao Luo

The mystery of the wayward Queens peacock has been solved.

The principal of John Bowne HS in Flushing has confirmed that the peacock seen wandering around Kew Gardens Hills belongs to the school’s agriculture program, and educators are working with animal control for the bird’s safe return, according to the city Department of Education.

On Wednesday afternoon, Phil Dickler, a teacher at the school, was searching for the winged creature and spotted it on the roof of a home near the corner of 70th Avenue and 147th Street.

Last night he had checked on the bird and found it missing.

A feathered creature of the same species had been spotted recently around Kew Gardens Hills like a spectre, appearing in spots in the residential neighborhood, but ultimately eluding authorities who have been trying to capture it for more than a week. But the errant bird’s identity has been confirmed.

“We want our bird back,” he said while clutching a large pole with a net and waiting for the peacock to come down off a roof, where it was munching on a strawberry and staring at itself in the reflection of a window.

Dickler believes the colorful fowl had been traveling between the streets of Queens and back to the school.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4566.

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