Palawan Peacock Pheasant

male palawan

Scientific Name:
Polyplectron napoleonis

Endemic to Palawan Island, Philippines

Primary and secondary growth forests

Average Size:
Length: 18-22 inches

Weight: 19-22 ounces

Up to 15 years in captivity

Wild: Seeds, berries, buts, fruit, insects, worms, slugs

Zoo: Rainforest diet, including a variety of fruits, seeds and other items

Incubation: 18-20 days

Clutch size: 2 eggs

IUCN Status:
Vulnerable (VU)

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Palawan Peacock Pheasant Range

About the Animal
The Palawan Peacock Pheasant is a medium-sized pheasant endemic to one island in the Philippine chain. Like real peacocks, they are sexually dimorphic, with females being a dull grey brown comparent the iridescent blue of the male

Mating and Reproduction
Courtship starts with the male offering food to the female. If she accepts, the male goes into a full display, fanning the peacock-like tail and compressing his wing to show off his brilliant colors. After mating, the female will lay 2 eggs the she incubates for 18-20 days. The young are able to find food for themselves within a few days of hatching, although the female protect them for several weeks.

Amazing Information
The island of Palawan where this bird is found is actually a wildlife refuge

Where in the Zoo:
You can find the Palawan Peacock Pheasant in the Tropical Rainforest