Two wayward female peacocks – or peahens – missing since May 5 from Brookfield Zoo are home safe inside the park as of 4:30 p.m., said zoo spokeswoman Sondra Katzen.

“All nine peahens are accounted for,” Katzen said.

The two birds have traced a circuitous route through Brookfield, Riverside and North Riverside since flying the coop last Thursday.

They were first spotted a couple of blocks from the zoo in the 3600 block of Hollywood Avenue and near the Hollywood Avenue Metra stop. On Friday, they had ventured east into Riverside, where they were spotted on Bloomingbank Road and later during the weekend on Maplewood Road and on Groveland Avenue.

By Monday, however, the two peahens found their way to the North Riverside Park Mall, where employees spotted them hanging around one of the loading docks.

News of that location prompted Katzen to contact the Landmark on Tuesday, asking to be kept informed of any news from readers on the birds’ whereabouts, should the zoo decide to send out a search party.

But at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday the zoo got a report that the peahens were walking along the fence. When staffers went to corral the birds, however, they were gone. Two hours later, when an employee was picking up food bowls inside the zoo grounds, there they were.

Last week, Katzen said that peacocks got outside the zoo fence every once in awhile and usually simply returned on their own, because the birds’ food source was there. While the peahens may have been gone for a longer time than usual, it appears the food is again what brought them back.