Status Quo of the green peacock Pavo muticus in Thailand

31.10.2008

Incidence

In North-, East-,West-and South Thailand

The green peacock is supposedly extinct in Souththailand. They have not been heard nor seen for years. According to old records, which are still to be found in many a museum, the spezies Pavo muticus once used to live there. The same have or have had their habitat in Malaysia.

In East Thailand there is still a remaining stock of the Pavo muticus imperator.

In North Thailand are still approximatetly 500 of the species "Pavo muticus imperator". Those live hidden in occasional mountains.
They partly live in very high attitudes since their natural habitat has been destroyed by the illegally widespread overexploitation.

In West Thailand 1500 of the species Pavo muticus imperator are thought to be living in the wide open country.There the stock is not that much endangered due to the big reserves.Many of the peacocks live in their origin places.

The habitat in the East,West and North of Thailand is hundreds of kilometers apart. It still needs further investigations how far they differ from their physique and their colour.

Generally, I will name the peacocks Pavo muticus (muticus, imperator, spicifer) and with the name of their habitat.
I give you an example: Pavo muticus imperator Doi Saket.
This is a living species in the north of Thailand, unless otherwise named in scientific terms. I do not name them with pseudonym.

Peacock hen 'Pavo muticus imperator' at picking up food in a steep slope

Threat
One of the main causes is the illegal exploitation and the advance of intensive farming. The peacocks are driven out into the mountains, where they occupy isolated mountain tops and because of food shortage they migrate or starve.
Another fact of threat is that the population set fire to the forests, exactly at the beginning of the mating season which falls on the dry season, in order to simplify the search for mushrooms and the hunt for jungle fowls which are still abundant there.
The search for eggs, the hunting with crossbows, medieval muzzle-loaders and snares also contribute to the drop in their stock.
Peacocks also fall victims to their natural enemies such as snakes, eagles, wildcats and Mungos. Last of all there are dogs and cats which kill game.

Cross-breeds with the indian peacock are common in villages and towns where they are held for their beauty. To the population it makes no difference what kind of peacocks they are.

Peacock reserve at Payao
Two gamekeepers who commit themselves to the protection in one for these purposes established reserve

Protection
For their protection some little areas have been transformed into natural reserves and gamekeepers look after their well-being.
The country with the aid of the Royal Family had established breeding parks many years ago.There are about 22 of those parks where peacocks, jungle fowls and pheasants are bred.Never before I have heard of any other country taking so much care for the survival of the species.
It is thanks to the defunct Mr. Willi Haers, a belgian citizen,who had been committed to the birds and helped the country and the Royal House in every possible way through his personal engagement.
Now and then birds are released in selected areas in the presence of a royal member.Peacocks stand under the special protection of the Royal Family.

Entrance to the facility located in the middle of the jungle Picture
Burmese Peacock-Pheasant
Aviary facility for Burmese Peacock-Pheasant