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Endangered Green Peacock - Rare Peafowl Species

Picture of green peacock: Wikimedia Commons Image

Picture of green peacock: Wikimedia Commons Image

Green peafowl or green peacock is a rare peacock species. In fact, these birds are in the endangered species list and their population is fast decreasing. These rare, unique and beautiful birds are actually almost near to extinction.

Being one of the most beautiful birds in earth, peacocks are admired and loved by most of us and peacock feathers is the one of the most unique and extraordinary things found in nature. The colors, designs and especially the plumage in a peacock feather make it so special that people are always fond of it.

Unfortunately peacocks are hunted for both meat and also the feathers, illegally in many parts of the world which led to a major decrease in their population. Peacocks prefer natural surroundings like forests and water bodies to live. The loss of habitats due to the destruction of forests is another reason for the reduction in the peacock population. Another reason for the population reduction in green peacocks is due to the hybridization with blue peacocks in the wild.

The beautiful blue coloured peacocks are almost reduced to half in population from their population fifty years back, and the green coloured peacocks are the worst affected.

In fact, it is practically impossible to find the green peacocks anywhere other than the very few conservatories where they are protected.

Did you know that the word peacock actually refers to the male birds?

Even though peacock is the word that is mostly used to refer to these amazingly beautiful and large bird, the word peacock actually refer to the male bird. Peahens refer to the female birds, and the word peafowls is used to collectively address both male and female birds.

However, due to the popularity of the word "peacock", it is generally acceptable to use this word irrespective of the gender. I am more familiar with the word "peacock" but the word "peafowl" has also become familiar to me recently so I am using both the words peacocks and peafowls in this hub to refer to these pretty birds.

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Green Peafowls Habitat

The green peafowls are tropical birds which are native to Southeast Asia and they were mainly found in the forests of Burma and Thailand. They are also found in the Islands of Java in Indonesia where they are known as Java Peafowls.

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Green Peahen

Green Peahen

The Physical Appearance And Nature Of The Green Peafowls

Green peacocks are one of the largest flying birds in earth, next to Ostrich. The male birds can reach a length of about 10 ft. in length but the average length of the female birds is slightly lesser. However, the male and female birds look much similar compared to the blue peafowls and sometimes it is quite difficult to distinguish between them from the appearance.

Green peafowls, both the male and female birds, are calm in nature and they are much quiet compared to the blue peafowls.

Peacock Feathers

Close Up Image Of Peacock Feathers

Close Up Image Of Peacock Feathers

Being listed in the International Union For Conservation Of Nature Red List Of Threatened Species, conservation attempts have been going on to save and protect the beautiful green peafowls. As of now, they are protected in the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in Thailand, Cat Tien National Park in Vietnam and Baluran National Park in Indonesia.

We might be able to find a solution for this problem only by preventing the hunt on these birds, conserving them in the national parks by captive breeding and also by preserving the natural habitats where they can survive.

The ever decreasing population of Peafowls

The decrease in population of green peafowls is what we discussed here, but the fact is that the overall population of peafowls, including the most popular blue peafowls is decreasing like never before, raising a threat to their existence. It is sad to see the peacocks in the endangered and threatened species list, as they are one of the most spectacular and extraordinarily birds that can be found in earth.

If you see the case of the blue peafowls which are more commonly known as the Indian peafowls, they were most commonly found in the tropical rainforests in the Indian subcontinent. According to a study conducted about the blue peafowls, it is found that the total number of blue peafowls have decreased to about 50% in the year 1991, from their total number in the year 1947. This decrease in their number raises serious concerns about the extinction of peacocks in general and it also points to the importance of conservation of peafowls, especially the green peafowls.

Hopefully we can save these precious birds from extinction by creating much awareness among people and also by putting enough efforts to conserve them.

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Comments

Peacocklover on February 17, 2020:

Hopefully we can stop the extinction I love peacocks they are the most beautiful creatures in the world peacock are num#1

SIMAR on June 15, 2016:

NICE ARTICLE IS INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE

Anika on April 02, 2016:

Thank you B-)

Anika on April 02, 2016:

I love this article

mandy on October 07, 2015:

very nice article and thanks to help me for my S.A on endangered species

of birds . very ... very ..... thanks

Debbie on March 25, 2015:

I have some wonderful java greens and I am interested in saving them.

VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on March 11, 2015:

Hi Jeremy, you are so lucky to see these beautiful birds where you live!Thanks for reading.

jeremy on March 10, 2015:

Hi i live in a place in california that has these green peacocks by the hundreds

VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on December 17, 2014:

Thanks so much for stopping by Alun. I too hope that these beautiful birds are saved in the wild. I didn't know that the blue peacocks are commonly seen in England as 'status pet' birds, thanks for telling that!

Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on December 16, 2014:

Sad to hear that peacocks in general have declined so appreciably in recent decades VioletteRose, and a little surprising, particularly in the case of the blue Indian Peacocks which are so commonly seen in England as domesticated 'status pet' birds in the grounds of stately homes.

Green peacocks are much less common here, but hopefully both species can be fully protected in the wild, in the future.

VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on October 23, 2014:

Thanks so much for reading Kevin and suzettenaples :)

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on October 15, 2014:

What an interesting an informative hub on peacocks. I did not know that peacocks were on the endangered list. I do hope we don't allow them to become extinct. They are so beautiful as your photos attest to this. I knew that the male bird was called a peacock, but I didn't know what the female was called. Thanks so much for sharing your peacock knowledge with us.

The Examiner-1 on October 15, 2014:

I write about many birds and I loved your Hub. It is good to see someone else interested in saving the birds. It is a shame about these birds and we must try to save them. I voted this up and shared it.

Kevin

VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on August 26, 2014:

Thanks so much for reading, favored. I too hope the awareness will bring a change!

VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on August 26, 2014:

Hi FlourishAnyway, I am so sorry for the late reply. I agree, I too love them and it is actually sad that these beautiful birds are near to extinction. Thanks so much for reading.

Fay Favored from USA on August 24, 2014:

This is the first I've heard that these birds were endangered. I hope that with more awareness people will get involved spreading the news.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 08, 2014:

I had no idea they were hunted for meat. As bright as they are, it just doesn't seem fair. Very sad. Thanks for writing about them.

VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on June 06, 2014:

Thank you DDE :)

VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on June 06, 2014:

Thanks Alicia for stopping by :) I too hope they will be saved!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 06, 2014:

I lke peacocks so colorful and beautiful, You unique topic aught my eye immediately.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 05, 2014:

Thank you for this informative hub about a lovely bird, VioletteRose. I didn't know that green peacocks were in such trouble. I hope they can be saved.

VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on June 04, 2014:

Thanks ologsinquito :) I too love these birds!

ologsinquito from USA on June 04, 2014:

Nice article. I really do love these birds.

VioletteRose (author) from Atlanta on June 04, 2014:

Thank you :)

Kevin W from Texas on June 04, 2014:

Interesting and informative hub VioletteRose on an absolutely beautiful animal. I was unaware that the peacock was endangered, nor did I know they were hunted for their meat. Thumbs up on your hub.

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