Palawan Peacock Pheasant
Estimated Wild Population
These birds have robin-egg blue spots on their tail that resemble eyes and help scare away predators. Males have metallic-blue wings and an extendable black crest on top of their head. Females, by contrast, have a more muted brown plumage, although they also have a crest and spotted tail feathers. This forest-dwelling bird eats seeds, insects, fruits, and slugs. Breeding pairs are typically monogamous and both parents help rear chicks.
Interesting Fact 1
Male Palawan peacock pheasants attract females by fanning out their spotted tail in an elaborate, peacock-like courtship display.
Interesting Fact 2
Their rapid population decline is likely due to habitat loss causes by mining, logging, unregulated hunting, and illegal trapping.
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