Large, adults to 2.5'+ tall, long brightly colored green/blue neck, with grey/white breast feathers turning tawny brown under belly, has crown of 2-6 straight feathers at back of head that stand up vertically. Large brilliant tail feathers on male (during mating season only, then shed) used during courtship. They roost at night, and return to the same 3 or 4 roosts depending where they are when the day ends. These particular birds have a separate tree where they nest (on the ground), and are only seen there during that period. (almost 1 mile away from their normal "hunting" area). They have several cries which are very loud, a normal cry of "hey you!" and an alarm call which is more of a "HONK!"
Orchard, farmland, fields, riparian zones.
These are feral peafowl as they are not a native species to california or north america. Both peafowl and guinea hens are used by some locals for everything from rattlesnakes to home security systems.
Will upload some HD video with calls when i can. Yes! I have a "real" camera now! whooot! (let the spottings begin) :)