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Palawan Peacock Pheasant


Palawan Peacock Pheasant
Habitat

This species is endemic to the island of Palawan in the Philippines, where it lives, feeds and nests on the forest floor.

Wild Diet

Little is known about this species in the wild, but their diet is believed to consist of seeds, grains, fruits, insects, worms and slugs.

Behaviour

These shy birds hide away in vegetation away from other animals. They can be found living in pairs or small groups.

Breeding

A couple of eggs are incubated by the female bird for 20 days. Once hatched, the chicks will be able to forage and find their own food when a couple of days old, although their mum will continue to guard them for several weeks.

Threats

Numbers of Palawan peacock pheasants are rapidly declining because of habitat destruction, hunting and trade. Illegal logging is a real problem on Palawan, and approval for logging and mining has been given for the rest of the island. This means that even more of the lowland forests which are home to these birds are at risk.

Conservation

The entire island of Palawan was made a game reserve in 1983, making hunting illegal. However illegal hunting is hard to control and even harder to enforce. Zoos worldwide are contributing to managed breeding programmes for the birds, but the wild population remains very much at risk.

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Polyplectron napoleonis
  • Class: Birds
  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Phasianidae
  • Conservation Status: Vulnerable
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