A local newspaper reports that Blue the peacock is recovering after Tuesday's misadventure that lasted about 90 minutes.
Blue managed to fly from his enclosure at the Randall Oaks Barnyard Zoo in Dundee and perched atop a nearby pine.
Firefighters with a ladder helped zoo staff pluck the wayward bird from the tree. Temperatures at the time were 12 degrees below zero.
Brian Mangiaracina is Randall Oaks' park and division manager. He says the whole thing was a "freakish accident" and that Blue is in quarantine.
Dundee is about 35 miles northwest of Chicago.