Indian peafowl are probably found in every city zoo in America! The San Diego Zoo has had Indian peafowl roaming freely on Zoo grounds since the 1930s, and the spectacular peacocks showing off to any peahen in the area continue to be photographed by more Zoo guests than any of our other animals!
Green peafowl populations have been declining rapidly as the birds are hunted for their meat and the male’s spectacular feathers. Peafowl eggs and chicks are collected, and many of the wild adult birds are caught and sold as pets. Loss of habitat doesn’t help them, either, and farmers in China and Thailand who consider the birds pests poison the peafowl that come on their land.
Now protected by law in China, public awareness campaigns are underway to help these endangered, beautiful birds.