Photo by Instagram user @b.mann88
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine has many fun facts and secrets, among them three resident peacocks named Jim, Harry and Phil. A few years ago, we documented these birds, named after clergymen at the Cathedral. One even has his own Twitter account: @CathedralPhil, although he hasn’t sent an update since May 2016. It appears he was “sick and weak” according to a Cathedral employee and was being attacked by Jim and Harry, but he has recovered and is “back to normal and stronger than ever.” The Cathedral of St. John the Divine Facebook page recently shared a set of photographs from the peacocks’ recent March outing, “strutting their stuff.”
Peacock Phil. Photo by Instagram user @bonuyusupova
Photo by Instagram user @WHTowbin
Peacock Phil. Photo by Instagram user @globalnomaddy
The peacocks have been a presence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine since the 1980s, donated by the Bronx Zoo.