Palawan peacock-pheasant

Palawan Peacock-Pheasant Male
Scientific Name
Polyplectron napoleonis
Animal type
Conservation Status


Philippines Peacock PheasantLike other pheasants, Palawan peacock-pheasants are sexually dimorphic - males and females differ in colour.  Males are predominantly metallic blue, green and black, females a less conspicuous brown. They are ground-dwelling and prefer dense vegetation, moving quietly through the undergrowth. 

Palawan peacock-pheasants live only on the island of Palawan in the southern Philippines.  Palawan has suffered extensive deforestation and the whole island is now designated as a Biosphere Reserve, although protecting it is very difficult. 

Previously considered Endangerd, the level of threat facing the Palawan peacock-pheasant has been downgraded  in recent years. However, the pheasants have also been trapped for the pet trade and are hunted for meat, and much of their remaining forest habitat is leased to logging companies. As a result, the wild population is still declining.

The birds have bred regularly at Durrell's Jersey headquarters since the 1970s, and there is now a world-wide captive population of about 1000 birds.


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