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Cars within and around the Bishops Court Estate in Clyst St. Mary, Devon, England have been in constant danger since the temperatures have started warming up. A feral group of peafowl have been roaming the area and they have been taking out their aggression on parked vehicles.

Of course, the flock isn't peeved at the cars for no good reason. Spring is the prime mating season for peafowl, marked by the return of the flashy tail feathers of the male peacocks. When they see their reflections of themselves in the paint jobs or other reflective surfaces of the car, they think it is another rival male encroaching on their territory.

When it comes to reflections, peacocks are the brightest of creatures. According to witnesses, the males have become increasingly aggressive to the cars, often returning to the same cars at multiple points throughout the day to peck at paint jobs and fly at them with their stunning kung fu style kicks. The residents of Clyst St. Mary describe the foul-tempered fowl as "agile, frisky and very intimidating" no matter if they are in a brutal fight to the death with a car or strutting around with spread tail feathers. Word has it the peahens remain unimpressed by their car fighting skills and aloof towards the tail display.

This isn't England's first tussle with angry peacocks, however. Every time the feral peafowls find themselves in a village in the spring, many villages have the same problem. In recent memory, the village of Martin in Lincolnshire and Hurstpierpoint in West Sussex have had their share of peacock problems. Their solution was to move their vehicles indoors until the birds moved on, but unfortunately that is not an option for those in Bishops Court Estate. It may be prudent for them to stop waxing their cares for awhile though.

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