Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Burmese Peacock

Polyplectron bicalcaratum
Burmese Peacocks are also referred to as Grey Peacock-Pheasants, which is probably a more apt name, as they are not actually Peacocks... though they do belong to the same family. At any rate, they share some physical resemblances to Peacocks- most notably the eyes on their tail feathers.

Burmese Peacocks are the national birds of Myanmar, which was called Burma until 1989, though some still refer to it as such. The birds live in several other Southeast Asian countries as well, and are divided into four subspecies.

The species as a whole is listed as being of Least Concern, because they have a large range and population size. It unfortunately appears that they may be declining in number, but it is a slow descent that does not yet meet the vulnerability thresholds. The birds are listed under CITES Appendix II, because they can be kept in captivity and grabbing individuals from the wild could become problematic for the species.

IUCN Status : Least Concern
Location : Southeast Asia
Size : Length up to 30in (77cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Aves -- Order : Galliformes
Family : Phasianidae -- Genus : Polyplectron -- Species : P. bicalcaratum

3 comments:

  1. Wow, what beautiful colours, looks like a giant flower!

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  2. Nature is so astonishing. I am amazed not only by the beauty of this bird but also by the fact how these features are used in a form of communication!

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  3. Exclusive post.. Thankz for sharing.

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