Palawan Peacock Pheasant
Polyplectron emphanum

CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Galliformes
FAMILY: Numididae

SIZE:
16 - 21 inches

RANGE:
Palawan Island in central Philippines

HABITAT:
Deep forests

DIET:
Wild - Worms and insects
Zoo - Grain, corn, lettuce

DESCRIPTION:

  • Considered to be most beautiful of the peacock pheasants
  • Male has a crest of metallic blue with white lines above and below the eye.
  • Long tail coverts show large "eyes" during courtship
  • Female largely brown

FACTS:
Very shy but adaptable and breeds well in captivity

YOUNG/NEST:
2 eggs per clutch; nest on the ground

STATUS:
Not threatened; widespread but not abundant; protected by farmers; suffers from habitat loss; breeds well in captivity

REFERENCE:
The Zoological Society of Philadelphia, www.phillyzoo.org/pz0164.htm